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Last month we celebrated International Women’s Day with an incredible buzz and momentum continuing to grow around the campaign. The day is a fantastic platform for women to celebrate their achievements and discuss the problems and issues women face in today’s society.
On Tuesday the 12th of April we saw the likes of Facebook and Microsoft explain that they offer equal pay to their employees regardless of their gender in aid of Equal Pay Day. Barack Obama also drew further attention to the matter by stating that he is looking forward to a time when girls will be “astonished” that women once earned less than men.
“Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day - a date, April 12th, chosen to mark how much further into the new year women have to work to earn the same amount as men. It's a great awareness-raising moment. At Facebook, though, we think about equal pay year-round.”
Equal Pay Day started 20 years ago by the National Committee on Pay Equity and has helped create the necessary acknowledgement towards the issue. However, the Digital and Tech industry have a long way to go with studies showing that women in tech earn 3% less than men.
Xcede are proud to sponsor such events as 10 Digital Ladies in Talent and work with Smart Works. 10 Digital Ladies is an "small, informal support and networking" event originally started by Nina Lovelace & Laila Edy, the meet up is a great opportunity for women in digital to discuss issues from work-life-balance to talent.
Our very own Tony Mulcock and Nicola McCleery discussed with the group some of the challenges that women face when hiring and applying for jobs within the Digital and Tech space. The evening provided a great insight into some of the experiences women currently face from obscure job descriptions to difficult interview situations, a blog topic that Nicola will be discussing.
We are also proud to work with Smart Works, championed by our Principal Consultant, Viki Dowthwaite, a charity that helps women on low incomes find a job and become financially independent. With extensive knowledge of the problems that these women face, the charity provide interview clothes and training, enabling them not only to feel more confident but also to start to believe in their own ability to succeed.
Xcede offer help within a team of over 75 trained volunteers that include the Director of Operations at Marie Curie Cancer Care, Managing Director of Figleaves and Commercial Content Director at News UK.
Changes start from within, and even the smallest changes can make a big difference. One of the key takeaways from the 10 Digital Ladies in Talent event was that we must become more confident in our articulation, content is king but the approach and confidence we have when conveying this is greater.
It is meet-ups and charities like 10 Digital Ladies and Smart Works that are helping the movement, recognising, supporting and celebrating women in business and showing the future generation that women can be on an equal footing to men.
It is important for groups, events and specific days to not only spark a conversation but help and empower women in difficult circumstances. Awareness of the situation is being brought into the public consciousness, putting pressure on organisations to address such issues. Therefore, we must recognise that collectively these issues and conversations must be at the forefront of our day-to-day activities to bring a real change, so that one day International Women’s Day can be a celebration of women’s achievement rather then an equality discussion.