To celebrate International Women's Day, we spoke to several women around the business and asked them, "What does International Women's Day mean to you?"
Hannah Abrahaley, Business Stream Co-ordinator
International Women's Day is important to me because it honours the struggles of women in the past whilst also recognising the activism that is required in the present. Movements such as #MeToo, #EverydaySexism and #TimesUp demonstrate how far away we still are from gender equality, but also showcases the power behind discussion, language and solidarity. International Women's Day, now more than ever, has the power to facilitate discussions that challenge the status quo to progress meaningful change. Women everywhere, particularly Women of Colour, should use today as a tool to share their experiences and own their narrative.
Rachel Leach, Communications
For me, International Women's Day is a day to reflect on those who have changed my life for the better. There has been scores of women across the centuries who have radically impacted the world in which we live in today. From Boudicca to Marie Curie, our world has been shaped by these women who pushed boundaries and went outside the norm of what was considered 'socially acceptable' for a woman at that time. It isn't just about those women who have been in the spotlight though, it's about every woman, past, present and future. We learn from those in the past, we listen to those in the present and we must continue to change the world for those in the future.
Amy Casson, Engineering
To me, International Women's Day is a time to reflect not just things that I have achieved and trying to better myself personally, but for what women as a gender across the globe throughout generations have. There is still a lot of work to be done to stop the naysayers, people with closed minds and countries that are very much behind the times. Women these days have so much more to say, options and equal opportunities, showing their worth.
Christine Swietalski, Finance Business Partner
International Women's Day allows us firstly to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many trail-blazers before us and who achieved so much for the women of today. Secondly, it gives the women of today the opportunity to continue with that legacy and to achieve more for the women of tomorrow; especially those living in countries where current rights are not where are today in the UK. There are no boundaries after all!