International Women’s Day – Break The Bias
International Women’s Day provides a key time to celebrate the achievements of women, we asked our Rix & Kay colleagues if they would like to participate, and so to continue the week of celebrations, here is a fabulous image of some of our Employment Team striking the Break The Bias pose, along with articles from Corporate Solicitor Jamie Tavares and Trainee Solicitor Sara Nazir
What inspires me to succeed in my role?
For me it is acknowledging that I have skills to offer both clients and colleagues and at this stage of my career I am also motivated to refine these skills, being guided by the people around me so that one day I can also hopefully inspire others.
What does International Women’s Day mean to me?
It is understanding how International Women’s Day has evolved, its significance derived from other women demonstrating and marching for change around the world, and to now celebrating their achievements but still striving for more. Personally it is also about reiterating to those around me that they can depend on me for support, be it clients, colleagues and those in my personal life, and not letting biases from others interfere with any of my goals.
It is also about recognising that I have a privilege in that another woman my age under different circumstances does not. It is also a reminder that I should help those in less fortunate conditions be it fellow women, or those from different backgrounds who are facing similar challenges the first feminists once faced not so long ago.
It can sometimes be difficult to call things out when we see them happening before our eyes in everyday life, especially in a professional setting either at work or when running a business. International Women’s Day is a great reminder to us, at a global level, that it is important to give people the support and confidence in every environment to call out gender bias when they see it. It’s as much about highlighting unhelpful behaviours, comments and cultures that others display, as it is about correcting behaviours we may display ourselves – no one is perfect! Diversity of thought and experience is key and we all bring unique qualities and skills to the teams and businesses we work in; as writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says there is an inherent “danger of a single story”. Breaking the bias and encouraging conversations around what that means to everyone should help us to cultivate an environment that celebrates and embraces difference in order to break the bias.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Imagine a gender equal world
A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all Break The Bias. If you would like to find out more, or to discover how you can support vulnerable women and girls, please visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/