International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day aims to encourage individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to come together and celebrate women’s achievements and call for women’s equality.

International Women’s Day is marked on the 8th March each year, the theme for 2022 is on what we can all do, collectively, to break the bias and create a more equal world.

  • A gender equal world.
  • A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
  • A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
  • A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Do you think we’ll break the bias in your lifetime? I do hope so, but we’re still a long way off in my view…

I’ve been called a raging feminist and some people don’t mean it in a good way.  If a raging feminist means that I advocate, amongst other things, for equal rights (for all) then sure, I am a raging feminist.   The Planning House team are currently all women (including my accountant and marketing team) but that’s because of how good they are – not because they’re women!

If you’re great at what you do it doesn’t matter what gender you are. We are not a women only business, today being IWD is an opportune time for me to impress this, we are pro-equality to all.

The way we work does tend to attract more interest from women, flexible working hours, family focus, but our way of working isn’t limited to women.  So whatever gender you are, if you’re an amazing town planner and want to work within a honest, fair and straightforward team, get in touch.

I know I’ve digressed slightly from the IWD topic, however bias, whether deliberate or unconscious makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.

So having a women only team am I bias toward other genders?  Absolutely not as I have already mentioned gender should not come into play, skills, experience, knowledge, personality etc these are the traits I look at.

I will actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time I see it, will you?