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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), a celebration globally focusing on and recognising women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. This year's theme for IWD is #InspireInclusion. This theme encourages everyone to work together for a more inclusive world for women, focusing on making them feel a strong sense of importance, and empowerment. 

International Women’s Day Theme

The United Nations has decided this year's theme ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ aims to tackle economic disempowerment. While the campaign theme for the same year is 'Inspire Inclusion.'

This campaign aims to highlight the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. Also, the campaign theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality.

International Women’s Day - History and Significance

On February 28, 1909, the United Nations marked the first National Women's Day, inspired by a declaration from the Socialist Party of America. Clara Zetkin proposed an annual Women's Day during the 1910 International Conference for Working Women in Copenhagen to advocate for women's rights and suffrage. The idea gained unanimous approval, leading to the first International Women's Day celebration in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

International Women's Day holds significant importance for gender equality and women's rights. It provides a platform to raise awareness about women's rights in various areas, including social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

Women in the Recruitment space

Women continue to play a vital role in making the recruitment space what it is today. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, The Recruitment Group is honoured to highlight some extraordinary women in recruitment who are currently making a difference in this space.

We’re thrilled to share their accomplishments and distinctive perspectives, including powerful International Women’s Day quotes, as we celebrate the remarkable women paving the way in recruitment.

The Recruitment Group prides itself on its fully inclusive culture. We have an amazing team of high achievers, regardless of their gender – a supportive network of women across the branches who all have the same drive to succeed, the right attitude, and ability in the workplace. 

We asked some of the women in The Recruitment Group what International Women’s Day means to them:

Sally Hewick, Group Operations Director

“It is great to have a day to celebrate Women but we should celebrate everyone every day for who they are, what they do, and what they achieve!

I am aware that there is in certain arenas a need to celebrate Women, for years Women have fought to be heard, right from the day of the suffragettes as far back as 1903. Even today women experience challenges and bias. Pay disparity, and smaller representation at senior levels.  

In Jan 2023, 1203 women served on FTSE 350 boards out of a total of 2990 Directorships and the pay disparity across all industries is circa 20%!  Whatever you think the facts tell the story – of course, there will be ‘reasons’ for this bias that we tell ourselves that make us feel better about these facts – but it takes all of us to make a difference irrespective of who we are. 

My personal story of where I am today, I would say a successful senior leader with a family is a story of determination and passion. Have I experienced challenges and bias? Yes, I have but, all of that made me even more determined not as a woman but as an individual.  I have been lucky enough in my career to work with some like-minded individuals which has helped. 

I am often asked who is my inspiration and why and how am I so determined.  Of course, there is a back story but my inspiration is my self-worth, experience, and passion.  Why I do it – this is simple for me to answer, for my daughter – every day I show her despite bias if you are determined you will succeed.”

Emma Smith, Management Accountant

The importance of IWD - What does IWD mean to you? 

“International Women’s Day is not only a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, but also to ensure we truly include women in all fields of endeavour. We are all responsible for ensuring that women & girls are valued, included and empowered.”

Your personal story - How have you overcome any challenges?

“For most of my career, I had worked in Construction, a very male-orientated business that was difficult to navigate and to make myself heard. The support of a great Manager who inspired inclusion helped me become a valued member of the management team.”

What is your proudest achievement for TRG? 

“Not an achievement but what I love about the team we have……girls rule!”

“I look forward to coming to work every day to be with a team that helps and supports each other, whether it's work or personal we are all here for each other.”

Who inspires you?

“My daughter inspires me every day. She has been through so much in the last 10 years and instead of being defined by this she has picked herself up and taken life by the horns, starting on her own at the age of 20.”

Emma Welsh, Head of Technical and Professional Perm Division

The importance of IWD - What does IWD mean to you? 

“IWD means a day to celebrate women and empower one another. It can be very difficult trying to raise a family and finding the balance to also give your all to your career. Being a mother to two children, guilt can come into the equation when working full time, however being able to spend quality time together at the weekends and evenings, makes it all worth while and also feels like I am being a strong role model for them both.”

What is your proudest achievement for TRG? 

“My proudest moment has been coming in and setting up a division with a very loyal team and being able to watch them individually grow and build a very strong team spirit. What we have created in a short space of time, is a very proud time for me.” 

Stacy Bone, HR Manager

The importance of IWD - What does IWD mean to you? 

“International Women's Day serves as a crucial reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and celebrates the invaluable contributions of women worldwide, inspiring us to continue striving for a future where every woman enjoys equal rights, opportunities, and recognition. 

Your personal story - How have you overcome any challenges?

I have personally overcome many challenges, predominantly when I was working in the horse racing industry it was a male-dominated environment, the lady jockeys had to work even harder to get the same opportunities that some of the men in the industry were given.

What is your proudest achievement for TRG? 

My proudest achievement for TRG would have to be leading my fantastic team!  

Who inspires you?

My Mum and Dad, they have always inspired me to have the confidence to trust in myself and the decisions I have made. They always have been, and continue to support me with whatever life throws at me and some of my more off-the-wall ideas!” 

Alex Steeples, Training Manager

The importance of IWD - What does IWD mean to you? 

“IWD, to me is a celebration of how far we have come in gaining equality within our respective industries, although there is still a long way to go having a dedicated day to highlight the amazing women we have in our businesses, the impact we have and all the valuable contributions we make to our businesses can only be beneficial.”

Your personal story - How have you overcome any challenges?

“Other than being asked about my relationship status and checking I had no plans for a family while I was in one interview (for what would have been my 1st management role, back in my 20’s… and which I naively actually  answered!!) I would say I have generally been very lucky in my career so far, I’ve mostly had strong female leaders and mentors within each of my workplaces, and certainly also do here at TRG, and I will be forever grateful for and with them, gender has felt like an asset to demonstrate just how much, as females we can achieve and never to let ourselves be held back!”

What is your proudest achievement for TRG? 

“I’m still new to the role so hopefully have many more achievements still to come, but so far my proudest moments have been when I receive positive feedback after my colleagues have been on a training session with me, especially ones I have created from scratch – knowing I can make a positive impact on someone’s development makes me feel valued and grateful.”

Who inspires you?

“There are so many people I could mention here, I hope you all know who you are! But if I shortlist it then I can get it down to 2, firstly my amazing Mum, she has worked hard as a nurse all of her life, until recently (after a lot of persuasions) she would work 5 12h shifts a week, all whilst managing to raise and support myself and my 3 siblings along with countless other responsibilities and now grandchildren – she truly is Super Woman and I am proud to be her daughter. The other has to be our very own Sally Hewick, she has always supported, guided, and inspired me throughout my career, whilst always leading from the front and demonstrating an unparalleled dedication and work ethic. A truly inspiring leader.”

We appreciate everyone at TRG regardless of their age, gender, or background. We are working to build a genuine workplace for all. If you are interested in the roles we have available for TRG then click here


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