As International Women’s Day (IWD) was yesterday, we asked our Natives what #EachforEqual means to them. IWD is a day to remind us all to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women's achievements. And fight for gender-equal boardrooms, governments, media coverage, and workplaces.
There’s so much work to be done, but in honour of IWD, we asked this year’s question: What would our Natives do to make a more equal world? Let’s be #EachforEqual.
Alice Abbott, Copywriter:
I’d make healthcare and childcare free for all. So that women around the world can have healthy babies and work.
George Metcalf, Copywriter:
I would have better education on toxic behaviour and social issues in schools. The "boys will be boys" mantra can breed some really dangerous behaviour and it needs to be challenged. Unlearning this behaviour at a young age is an important step towards a better understanding of equality issues.
Eudalia King, Finance Analyst:
I would make changes to the current immigration laws in regards to the Windrush case. I would incorporate a compulsory Harvard University test - Implicit Association Test and use this protocol to challenge negative views and educate in schools.
Nicola Jones, PR and Events Manager:
I would make sure that all children are given opportunities and visibility on a range of careers and interests. It’s crazy how children are pigeonholed towards ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ things at such a young age. One of my daughters wants to be a crane driver when she grows up and one of them loves climbing. It’s depressing and toxic how often people tell them these things are ‘for boys’.
Oscar Djama Tuckett, Paid Media Analyst:
We need to start looking at eliminating the structural issues that are still prevalent within our society. I think that the workplace would be a great place to start; the 2018-19 gender pay gap remained at around 9% across all sectors, which is only 0.6% lower than the 2012 figure. Given that there were 27% more female university applicants than males that year, it really puts into perspective how much work still needs to be done to ensure equal opportunities for all.
Eleana Davidson, Marketing Executive:
I want to inspire young people to pursue the things they love and enjoy, rather than what they think they should do. Or what their gender pigeon-holes them to do.
Freya Hughes, Copywriter:
I would teach everyone from a young age that giving people a slice of the privilege pie doesn't mean you get a smaller piece.
But it doesn’t stop there, there’s so much more to be done. But while you’re here, take some inspiration from our amazing female colleagues, like our Kas Nicholls, leading the way in the Research industry. And follow our Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff we get up to here at Natives. Let’s be #EachforEqual.