Today we celebrate International Women's Day 2023. The global event encourages everyone to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.
This year, the theme of the campaign is #EmbraceEquity. For International Women's Day and beyond, let's all fully #EmbraceEquity. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA. (1)
We're putting the spotlight on some of the incredibly talented women at Hart to celebrate their achievements and ask what International Women's Day means to them.
'What does International Women's Day mean to you?'
"In the UK, I have been able to make decisions about my life and career. This day celebrates the fact I could make those choices without restriction and raises awareness that in many places, still, this is not possible. Massive past sacrifices by others were made to allow me my freedom and I really appreciate that." - Claire Reinhard, Regulatory Affairs Officer.
"International Women's Day to me means celebrating the amazing work and contributions of women around the world and to raise awareness to others about the many barriers that some women are still facing in their everyday lives with regards to equality and rights." - Rachael Croft, Technical Scientist.
"To me, International Women’s Day, is a day to inspire others and to celebrate the fantastic achievements of women all around the world. It’s a collective celebration promoting the empowerment of women and embracing equity. I believe that it’s important to promote being positive about ourselves and being proud of who we are. Being a woman is worth shouting about!" - Keighley Larkin, Technical Director.
'What is your greatest work achievement?'
"My greatest work achievement is not measured with a specific position or pay grade, instead it is working in an always evolving field where I can continue to learn new facts and skills, satisfying the eternal student within." - Claire Reinhard, Regulatory Affairs Officer.
"My greatest professional achievement is becoming a Registered Scientist with the HCPC and being able to continue to work to the high standard required of me by the governing body daily while working here at Hart Biologicals." - Rachael Croft, Technical Scientist.
"Becoming Technical Director is my greatest work achievement, through working hard, showing dedication and having the willingness to step out of my comfort zone, I put myself forward for an incredible challenge and I was so proud of myself when the board of directors offered me the opportunity and promotion. I’m a Mam and my daughter and family are most important to me, but I also take huge pride in my work and strive to be the best that I can be.
It can be challenging finding the best work life balance and things may not always work out as planned but I believe having the passion, belief in yourself and determination, you can achieve your academic and career goals whilst also having a family. It’s important to recognise that both women and men contribute to equity in the workplace. It’s key to engage with all teams involved to support positive wellbeing and promote inclusivity and equality." - Keighley Larkin, Technical Director.
For International Women's Day and beyond, let's continue to work towards a world where all women have equal opportunities to pursue their passions and excel in their careers. Let's continue to support each other and empower those around us to reach their full potential.
Happy International Women's Day!