The Business Exchange is proud to support the
Women’s Day#ChooseToChallengecampaign. This year we’ve reached out to
the women in our business community to hear their experiences of being a woman
in business, why International Women’s Day is important to them and what they #ChooseToChallenge.
I #ChooseToChallenge women to be who they want
Why is International Women’s Day important to you?
It’s an opportunity to celebrate women all
over the world, for whatever they do and wherever they do it. It’s a reminder
of women that came before us and the women we bring up – celebrating what we
do, what we achieve and what we have planned to achieve.
What do we still need to do for gender equality?
We need to empower young women to be who they
want to be and ensure they know there are no barriers to achieving careers and
dreams. The workplace without doubt, should be one that both male and female
take for granted that they work in a level playing field.
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?
I wanted to be a ballet dancer! I was adamant it
was what I was going to do. Then I grew to 5ft 11 and Darcey Bussell hadn’t
lead the way yet!
However, I now run my own business. I think I
had always wanted that autonomy, so yes, I’m doing what I wanted to do, albeit
not in a tutu!
What is your advice to your younger self and what are your tips to
nurture the strong independent girls of the future?
Ask questions, get advice and help from those
you admire. Ask them how they got to where they are and what their barriers
were, so you’re prepared for what’s ahead. Don’t let anything get in your way but
do it with grace, kindness and be inclusive.
the IWD campaign on social media using the hashtags #IWD2021 and
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