HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
In keeping with the #BreakTheBias theme, we have shared a section below to highlight the work being done by The Female Lead on research to highlight and help to combat the biases faced by women in the workplace as well as helping to change the narrative for young girls.
In 1989, American legal scholar and civil rights activist, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to explain how race intersects with gender to produce barriers for Black women but is now also widely used to encompass overlapping impacts of discrimination based on gender, race, physical ability, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, socio-economic status, and more.
Crenshaw used the metaphor of a traffic intersection to explain the concept: When traffic flows from four directions and an accident occurs, the accident can be caused by cars coming from one direction or from all directions. The cause is hard to distinguish. Similarly, when Black women face discrimination, it’s not due to only racism or only sexism — it’s a combination of both forms of discrimination.
This international women's day, at Unity, we want to challenge you to think about how different women are impacted by not only gender bias, but other biases too. Women make up 67% of the employees at Next, but they are all affected by different experiences. By taking the time to hear the different biases faced, we can better support and lift up women all across the business.
The Female Lead
The Female Lead is an educational charity dedicated to finding the factors that limit women’s choices and fulfilment and amplifies their voices in order to drive change and improve economic outcomes.
The Entitlement Gap.
"With the pandemic set to impact women worldwide, we've been working closely with experts, coaches and neuroscientists on how we can build back better and give women the freedom, creativity, flexibility and fulfilment they so deserve.
We have shared some of the Women from The Female Leads 'Icon Series' but now it's your turn. We want to celebrate women from all roles, all across the business and take a moment to listen to you. Whether it's on your experiences, your role models, what more the business can do or your tips for young women just starting out their careers. Get in touch with us! Either through the form on the website or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Icon Series Teaser for "The Female Lead" interviews.
"Don't be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils"
"It's time for women to leverage all of their power"
"I have the power to decide what my future is like"
The stories of 67 remarkable women, from diverse backgrounds, interviewed exclusively for this collection. All show the incredible strength, talent, ingenuity, resilience, and bravery that women possess. Among them are world leaders, artists, activists, engineers, writers, athletes and entrepreneurs. So many have beaten the odds to succeed in their fields of work; or broken free from the constraints of their individual circumstances.