Balance is not just a women's issue, it's an economic issue.
The world needs more women in the boardroom, more women in government and more women in media coverage. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
A message by Erika Rushton to think about on IWD 2019 “To all of you diverse women aiming for, or already in leadership roles - know you are worth every penny you are paid. If you don't get as much as your male counterparts find an employer that values you, even if it's yourself!”
This blog features inspiring women in leadership who have shared advice and lessons they have learnt along the way. We hope this empowers you to push yourself to achieve your goals and add to a better-balanced world.
Rebecca Keegan “Don’t put too much focus on the end goal – be ready to adapt, be in the moment, celebrate career stepping stones and enjoy yourself along the way.”
Lizzi Doyle “You have to get stuck right in. Do the things you aren’t expected to do, make yourself known. Being a hard worker is one of the best reputations you can have.”
Abigail Harrison “Failure is the only option if you plan to succeed. All successful people have failed many, many times. Don’t fear failure, embrace it and use it to learn and grow.”
Alison James “In a busy, competitive and challenging working environment, it’s sometimes easy to forget to give yourself the credit and kindness that you truly deserve. Remember - remind yourself of how far you've come, never be afraid to share your successes and always remember that that you are equally as important as your colleagues. Encourage others as you would wish to be encouraged and supported yourself.”
Lisa Pearson “Get yourself into a place of accepting that staying inside your comfort zone isn’t going to equal a positive change or benefit to your career.”
Ngunan Adamu “Don't change who you are to fit in, disrupt the corporate status quo and be your own cheerleader.”
Claire Young “Have absolute confidence in your ability, the resilience to survive any knock backs and always look at the bigger picture. Don't sweat the small stuff.”
Jo Anderson “I have learnt that every prize has a cost. Being your own business is so rewarding in lots of ways but be prepared to make some sacrifices along the way.”
Dr Diahanne Rhiney “Success in business, particularly when you’re a woman, is often a slow burner. Develop your self-belief, work on your self-esteem and stick with your goals. If you remain true to yourself and your goals are well-researched, time and hard work will bring about success.”
Heather Waters “Believe in yourself, search for the support you need and ask for advice: “you don’t know what you don’t know” - don’t struggle on your own!”
Chelsea Slater “Keep focused on what it is you want to do. As a young female start up owner, many people have tried to give me advice that has slowed me down or veered me on a different path without me even asking for it. Having a business model canvas, values and a mission in place has really helped to keep me and my team focused on what it is we're trying to achieve, which means that we have clear objectives for when we seek mentors for help”
The final quote is from our very own CEO here at The Women’s Organisation, Maggie O’Carroll. Maggie is actively involved in female economic development policy influencing on an international, national and regional basis and is Chair of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group and a member of the Women’s Budget Group.
“Be open to organisational change. This International Women’s Day think about one thing you can change within your workplace to promote gender equality. Have the willingness to be disruptive, innovative and inclusive.”
Let’s all strive together to better the balance.
If you’re thinking about starting a business or want some help for an existing business, contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can support you.