International Women’s Day 2021: Sarah Watts

By Ben Carey on 8 March, 2021

The Business Exchange is proud to support the 2021 International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge campaign. 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.

Sarah Watts, Owner, Not Just Travel

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 face.

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 organisations. 

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 back?   

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. 

Follow the IWD campaign on social media using the hashtags #IWD2021 and #ChooseToChallenge.

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