Celebrating International Women’s Day

Over at RateMyPlacement HQ, we've been thinking about all the amazing women in our lives - and how they inspire us. 

Why? Because it's International Women's Day!

This global day (8th March) focuses on celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. This means working together to create a gender equal world - one that has uncompromising equality in the workplace, the boardroom, in media coverage and much, much more.

We're dedicated to supporting gender equality in every way we can, because we believe strong female role models are essential to the success of a business. Just take a look at our truly exceptional team of female leaders at RMP (move aside Spice Girls)... 

L-R: Abbie (Commercial Director), Liz (Marketing Director), Nisha (Marketing Manager), Ellie (Account Director), Charley (Account Director), Sophie (Head of Customer Success).

What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day became an official celebration in the early 1900's, when thousands of women in New York marched in protest for better pay, voting rights and equal pay.

Since then, it has developed into a fully-fledged global event. Not affiliated with any single group, the event epitomises inclusivity through its appeal to governments, business corporations, charities, NGO's, grassroots movements and more.

This year's #EachforEqual theme sends out the powerful message that 'an equal world is an enabled world'.

With a focus on bringing together people of all ages, class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities and genders, International Women's Day 2020 hopes to inspire and action equality for all by encouraging men and women alike to challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions.

Why is International Women's Day important?

We really don't have to answer this question. It's pretty obvious. Equality for women is not a luxury, but a basic human right.

International Women's Day 2020 is all about taking action to ensure women around the world have the same rights as men. Whilst significant progress has been made over the last century, it would be silly to suggest that any single country has fully achieved gender equality yet.

That's why International Women's Day is so important. It triggers reflection on the progress that has been made, and honours those who have been pivotal to advancing women's welfare - whether in domestic, juridicial or economic spaces.

However, it also acknowledges the work that still needs to be done. Key objectives for International Women's Day this year are to:

  • Highlight the fact that gender inequality isn’t a "woman's issue" but a wider economic one.
  • Focus on the business boardrooms, civil departments and governments that are pivotal in inciting gender equality, and highlighting these spaces as areas with room for improvement.
  • Emphasise that 'an equal world is an enabled world" and that everyone has a responsibility to do what they can to work towards 100% gender equality.

How is PwC supporting International Women's Day?

As a RateMyPlacement Top 100 Employer, PwC is doing its part to foster equality within the workplace.

Here's what they have to say about International Women's Day...

"To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve launched our annual Women in Work Index 2020. Female economic empowerment and employment prospects have improved in the UK. More women than ever before are choosing the fast-growing tech sector as a pathway to career success. However, they make up just 30% of the technology workforce on average across the G7.

How can we create a better balance in the tech industry? Explore the full report findings here and visit our website to explore where a career with us could take you. At PwC, it starts with you."

Head over to their website to learn about the opportunities and challenges that technology presents to women in the workplace.

Interested in applying to one of PwC's paid work experience programmes? Their 'Women In...' insight schemes are specifically designed to break down boundaries for women entering male-dominated industries.

Applications are currently OPEN, for 'Women in Business' and more. Zip over there now before you miss the deadline!

Do your bit to spread the word.

Have you joined the International Women's Day community?

Click here to find out more about the day and how you can get involved! And don't forget to show your support by shouting about all things female on social media, using #EachForEqual.