Lucie - International Women's Day
What does International Women's Day mean to
There are so many names that come to mind when I think about
International Women's Day. From Simone Veil, Ida Craft to
Sunitha Krishnan and many more. I was lucky enough to be born
in an era and country where I was given access to Education, vote,
work and much more. However in the worst case scenario, some of us
are still struggling getting access to these rights. For the
luckiest of us, there's still some work to be done (gender pay gap,
access to CEO and senior positions…). I feel we are on the right
path for more equality and men and women alongside are working
towards the same goal.
As a career women yourself, do you feel you have had to
fight harder to get where you are today?
I remember interviewing for roles and being asked about my
personal situation and where I'd see myself in a few years' time
with a strong emphasis on either 'mother' or 'actively working'. I
am lucky enough to have worked in places where I have never felt
like being a women was working against me, however, I am aware that
I am still early in my career and that access to senior positions
are still more difficult for us.
How do you feel the media and creative industry treats
I think there is clearly a real interest across the business in
promoting diversity and inclusion; this is a hot topic now. There
are still some industries that seems to be male heavy such as Tech
however, there is some amazing response in trying to bridge the gap
(women in Tech programmes and so forth). It takes a will to change
mentalities and education is going to be at the core of this
change, pushing women to get down technical paths they would not
have considered before.
What would you like to see companies do to ensure more
With the rise of flexible working I think there is a lot to be
made for women not to go a step back after their maternity leave.
There's also on-going training platforms arising and so much we
could do so that we have access to more senior positions without
having to compromise between being a mom and being CEO/COO and so
What advice would you give to women ambitious for a great
It's only impossible until it's done. There is nothing you cannot
achieve because of your gender.