Kay Shah, Head of US Team
“What does it mean to be a woman for me? Breaking barriers and challenging the status quo, especially as the daughter of immigrants from East Africa.
“I believe women should be free to make their own choices with regards to education, marriage, children and anything else that falls in between. We should continue to reach our goals, continue the fight against gender inequality and empower each other. As recruiters, we can also continue this fight by working to bridge gender pay gaps, diversify workforces and educate. Education is the key to equality.
“International Women’s Day is a platform to raise awareness for the fight we still have ahead of us and even in the community we sit in, it was remarkable to discover that just 2.5% of wealth in the UK belongs to women and on a global scale, that figure is just 19%. We must still compare the equality of outcome but equality of opportunity is key and that is one area where we can most definitely help.”
Choe Walker, Specialist Support Advisor
“Being a woman means understanding that differences exist but identifying them as strengths and not weaknesses. As women, we may well be ‘different’ but difference should not influence equality. We should celebrate differences, in men and women, and best apply their strengths to the workforce. As we recently heard from Natasha Kuznetsova – Head of Family Office at Tamsel, the Family Office is conducive to female leadership, especially in support functions and requires a level of empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence of which women possess in higher quantities. A difference and a strength.
“International Women’s Day to me is a day to celebrate how far women have come in society in terms of being valued but it is also a day to reflect on the journey we still have to take before being treated equally. It is about coming together as strong females, supporting and empowering each other.”
Jacqueline Gordon, Head of Communications
“One of my favourite books on the matter of equality is The Glass Wall. While the glass ceiling that once existed has now shattered, a glass wall still remains, standing as a clear division between women and men and the opportunities available on each side. It may be a wall but it’s a glass wall, transparent and often hard to see. As recruiters, we can not only see the wall but we have a good chance of breaking it.
“As women in this industry, we have a remarkable role to play in being able to re-shape the diversity agenda and influence positive decisions in the hiring process. From ensuring balanced shortlists to offering guidance on the likes of mirror-image hiring and unconscious bias, we can fully facilitate not just a diverse workforce but diversity of thought which is vital – not just socially, but economically.”
Salma Badul, Advisor
“We often read the same quote on International Women’s Day and that’s ‘Here’s to strong women: May we know them, may we be them and may we raise them.’ I would like to take this one step further by stating, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them and may we hire them. While gender equality is on the horizon and certainly seems in reach, we have a far climb yet.
“The coronavirus pandemic while making its mark across the industry and beyond, had a devasting impact on the fight for equality and unravelled five years of progress by making more women redundant and unemployed than ever before. This International Women’s Day, in 2021, we need to make the biggest difference yet and as a recruiter, a woman, a sister and a friend – I will continue to know them, raise them and hire them.”