International Women’s Day 2021: Jemma Brown

By Ben Carey on 10 March, 2021

The Business Exchange is proud to support the 2021 International 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.

Jemma Brown, Director, OHM Clothing Ltd

I #ChooseToChallenge women to be who they want to be.

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.

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

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