This Sunday is International Women’s Day; a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
All across the world, powerful women are breaking through the glass ceiling striving for success and with greater motivation than ever before. For as long as we can remember, there have been inspiring females who go unnoticed with no stance offered in the spotlight, but today, there is a larger platform with more doors opening with opportunities for females. There are too many to name, but it’s fair to say there is an abundance of female role models in business for ambitious and driven women to look up to. And we wanted to share a few of our faves:
Take Sheryl Sandberg, Forbes’ 18thmost powerful woman in the world for 2019 and Facebook’s COO. A hugely influential figure for women, Sandberg has been on a mission to change women’s lives via business and through her position at Facebook, saw the ambitions of women all over the world who used the platform to be their own bosses. She is now the founder of non-profit organisation Lean In Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting female empowerment and proudly responsible for the #SheMeansBusiness series.
And here in the UK there are inspirational women paving the way for other females in business. Take Jo Malone; founder of companies Jo Malone London and Jo Loves who received an MBE and CBE for her services to the British Economy. Then there’s Fay Sharpe; Non-Executive Director at BCD Meetings & Events and founder of Fast Forward 15, a mentor programme which aims to inspire and encourage women in the events and hospitality industry.
While there are many success stories, undoubtedly there is still a lack of parity between men and women in the business world. Whilst it’s true that improvements have been made, the unfortunate fact is that women are still overwhelmingly underrepresented in business, specifically in leadership roles. While we’ve come a long way, we still have far to go before that glass ceiling is completely smashed, so get involved with International Women’s Day and their #EachForEqual campaign this weekend. Celebrate, support and empower your fellow females.
We’ve shared a few highlights of inspiration from the team
Be Bold – empowering women since 2018, it’s a women’s club network where like-minded females can share stories, find support and seek inspiration, to further careers and aspirations. You can connect from anywhere via the The Bold App, so get downloading!
Our Head of event-venues.com Charlie, attended an invigorating evening at The Fold in Belgravia on Wednesday. An event to celebrate International Womens Day with a live podcast recording by the Pay it Forward series with guest speaker Liz Johnson. It’s a brilliant podcast series hosted by Kate Bassett that invites aspiring females to share their wisdom and worries, highs and lows, leadership lessons and nuggets of advice and practical tips – it’s a must listen! The evening also teamed up with Google initiative #IamRemarkable to hold workshops that focused on empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. It’s fair to say Charlie left feeling stimulated and enthused!
AllBright, a private members club designed by women for women, offering a community for like-minded females to network and be inspired. Also available to hire for female led events – its beautifully designed.
Wanting to hangout somewhere over the weekend to celebrate our female awesomeness – The Standard London have a series of parties, panels and events happening over the weekend.
Check out WOW: Women of the World Festival at the South Bank Centre from Friday 6thMarch 2020 – Sunday 8thMarch 2020. The festival features a world-class line-up of female speakers, activists and performers who will be exploring the state of gender equality across the globe.