The Business Exchange is proud to support the
This year we’ve reached out to the women in our community to hear their
experiences of being a woman in business, discover why International Women’s
Day is important to them and find out what they #ChooseToChallenge.
I #ChooseToChallenge inauthenticity – I
believe it is important to be your authentic self.
Why is International Women’s Day important to you?
IWD is important, this year more than ever, as whilst I believe great
strides have been made in gender equality, the challenges Covid-19 has presented have
been immense and proves how much more needs to be done.
The requirement for home-schooling whilst working from home has highlighted the disproportionate burden women
What do we still need to do for gender equality?
We need greater
representation of women at all levels in public sector and private sector
What did you want to be when you were young? Have you ended up
doing what you always wanted to? Has being a woman held you
My dream was to be a police officer. I achieved this at
the grand old age of 34 and served for eight years. Before I left, I was lucky enough
to study for a leadership and management qualification and wrote a dissertation: Why Female Police Officers Fail To Realise Their Full Potential. I interviewed female
officers and found too little had changed.
What is your advice to your younger self and what are your tips to
nurture the strong independent girls of the future?
Go for it! Don’t be afraid. You
will definitely regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.
the IWD campaign on social media using the hashtags #IWD2021 and