Women have come a long way in terms of representation and progress and having worked for Imperial College London over the last few years; initially starting at the University before moving into my present role of Marketing and Sales Coordinator for Imperial’s Student Union, I have seen an increase in women’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematical) subjects. There has also been a steady increase in business and management related courses which marks a great step in the right direction.
There is still some way to go in terms of representation and diversity, with these disciplines still being predominantly male and other reflections of this in economic, cultural and political industries respectively.
The progress women have made in business is very impressive and has evolved into so much more, especially considering the first International Women’s Day began in 1908 – when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding better pay, shorter working hours and the right to vote. It started with a day and now it is celebrated in over 70 countries, with some parity pledges running all month long.
Women in business has of course grown into more with gender equality, where I personally recognise that I might not have been fortunate in my career had these protests not have happened. So it must be seen that all progress is group work and teamwork.
Actress and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson spoke on the matter of equality expressing, “It’s not just enough to ask men to come support us. We really need to support each other.” This is not segmented to business alone – women have to be socialised to unite with one another and the discussion moved from marginalised status and into mainstream conversation
This week GSM London and many other organisations such as Imperial, will be celebrating the achievements of women past and present. There are many great opportunities so my encouragement to men and women is get involved!
Written by guest blogger Brittannia Mcleod – Marketing and Sales Co-ordinator, Imperial College Union
Image credit Flickr Nitash Choudhary