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What does International Women’s Day mean to us as lawyers?
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.
The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Everyone has a part to play, from grassroots activism to worldwide action.
Women in Law
The legal profession is celebrating the centenary of The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 that enabled women to enter into law. Christina Blacklaws, president of the Law Society, says the race for equality in the profession is “far from over” and that the sector “needs to be at the forefront of the fight for equality in the workplace.” With 6 out of 9 Partners at WSP being women, we are able to talk honestly with young people, about how women can not only enter the profession now, but can reach partnership level.
As balance drives a better working world, we strive to actively involve ourselves with local organisations that support women in business. Within our own workplace we support balance by promoting flexible working and creating a coaching culture.
We will use the day to consider our ongoing commitment to an equal world. We wanted to motivate others to take action, so we joined the movement to put out our hands and STRIKE THE #BalanceforBetter POSE.
“Collectively everyone everywhere can strive for women’s equality and continue to make positive gains.”
The International Women’s Day website is the go-to hub for everything IWD and provides detailed information, guidance and resources.