International Women’s Day 2018 will bring together friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive in order to positively fuel the global momentum striving for gender parity with this year’s theme; #PressforProgress.
Celebrated for over 100 years, International Women’s Day (taking place on the 8th March 2018) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Along with women across the world making positive gains day by day and the surge in activism for women’s equality fuelled by campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp, it’s even more important now to continue to push forward and collectively #PressforProgress.
So, to celebrate the positive achievements of the women working at Natives, we caught up with a handful of our influential and inspiring women to share their thoughts, advice and achievements. You’ll find links to the full interviews below, but first, let’s take a sneak peek at what International Women’s Day means to them.
Katherine Nicholls, Head of Natives Research
“This day gives us the time to reflect on the progress that has been made so far for equality, but also a time when we can all be together, working towards a similar cause to help future generations. My place of work is very supportive and has provided me with a lot of opportunities.”
Cassie Evans, Creative Developer, Natives
“IWD is a chance to celebrate all that women have done to shape the world today, but more importantly, to shine a light on the challenges we still face, network and mobilize to make a difference.”
Hannah Dempster, Marketing Manager, Akero
“I think it means more in 2018 than it has in previous years. With the women’s marches across the world in recent months gaining more momentum than ever, pay gaps at institutions like the BBC being addressed and the #timesup campaign, I think 2018 is a time when women should feel buoyed and optimistic about what is happening in society to finally address gender inequality.”
Holly Cartlidge, Higher Education Research Strategist, Natives
“To me, International Women’s Day is part of the march towards gender parity, which I believe is vital for improving the lives of everyone in the world. It’s about busting enduring gender stereotypes and the social structures that continue to perpetuate these, and enabling people to carve their own gender identity without pressure to conform to hegemonic norms or experience prejudice for not conforming.”
Chloe Hashemi, SEO Manager, Natives
“Putting all of the really important politics aside (just for a second), International Women’s Day holds a really personal place in my heart. All the inspirational figures of my past and present are women, and the 8th of March is a day devoted to celebrating and appreciating all of these wonderful women.”
Cate Sloan, Lead Copywriter, Natives
“IWD means celebrating some humans who weren’t celebrated for a long time. Because it’s not just about women is it? It’s a symbol for the marginalised. At least I see it that way. And then we can bring the kind amazing men into the fold, the ones who want to celebrate us too.”