#PressforProgress at every age across the UK this International Women’s Day
There’s a mood for change, huge progress in women of every age, proud to be pioneering the pro-age tribe. Today is time to celebrate the progress being made in the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. But it is also a time to keep going forward and thinking about changing the future. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress.
The organisation behind International Women’s Day argues, “ We can’t be complacent. Now more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.”A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and the whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” This year we have had many women in every category, where that be cultural, social, economic or political stand up for change and gender equality, so some of our top picks below.
The 50-year-old actress gave a powerful speech about women over 40 at the SAG Awards at The Shrine Auditorium earlier this year on January 21st, 2018.
When it comes to female leadership and empowerment, especially in politics, names like Theresa May, Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson to spring to mind. But a lot goes on behind the scenes and some of those responsible for significant progress in the movement often go unrecognised. For example Sayeeda Warsi, who is a British Lawer, politician and member of the House of Lords. From 2010-2012 she chaired the Conservative party and was the first Muslim woman to serve the British Cabinet.
— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) March 7, 2018
Elected as the youngest MP for 350 years in 2015 at the age of 20! Black has become a strong voice in Parliament today, openly voicing the need for greater for greater diversity and championing LGBT rights as well as tackling the national food bank crisis.
Who has held the record as the longest ever serving MP in the Commons, Harman has been the Labour Party MP for Peckham and Camberwell since 1982. Her tireless effort to push for gender equality in parliament has not gone unnoticed as she speaks openly about sexism and has pressured leaders to promote more female MPs to positions of power within political parties. Across the country, powerful women are campaigning tirelessly for change and breaking the wall for a greater equality and representation for women.
— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 8, 2018
Dame Carolyn McCall
When it comes to powerful women in economics, we believe that Dame Carolyn, Chief Executive of the low-cost airline – EasyJet is one of the most senior and powerful women to date. She has been regularly named as one of the most powerful businesswomen in Britain and in 2016 was appointed Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s 2016 New Year honours list.
We have some really inspiring women in our alumni community at @UniKent. One of them being Dame Carolyn McCall, who became the first ever woman chief executive of @ITV last year: https://t.co/Z5hvBYVKru #IWD2018 #InspireChallengeExcel #ICEP #WeAreKent pic.twitter.com/o35y4IYJNR
— Kent Innovation & Enterprise (@ICE_UniKent) March 8, 2018
Priyanka Chaudhary Raina
Finally, we have many women in the social world. For example, Priyanka Chaudhary Raina, who is a Social entrepreneur and the co-founder of Gracia Raina Foundation (GRF). Here they are making their mark on International Women’s Day – March 8th, 2018.
Uber marks International Women’s Day with a film showcasing its women drivers with a trending hashtag #DriveWomen.
International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Let’s all #PressforProgress.