International Women’s Day 2023 – Adrienne Steatham

This year for International Women’s Day we have spoken with some of our team members on their thoughts and how they plan to #EmbraceEquity.

The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. 

Find out Adrienne’s thoughts below!

Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

To spread the message of gender equality to create a better society free of gender bias. To also, empower other women who may be facing difficulties and think it is not possible to get into leadership roles however, by celebrating International Women’s Day this highlights that it is within your power and control.

Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?

I have come across barriers in my career in previous employment and I have overcome them by continuing to do the best in my role and letting my work speak for itself. Ultimately, I did end up leaving that role however, this was not the reason.

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

Always be true to yourself and work to the best of your ability and let your work do the talking.

How can we encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurship or senior leadership roles in their career?

To spread awareness that they must not be afraid to go for these roles and think that just because they are a woman they will be unsuccessful. Everybody has something to bring the table and it should not be based on gender.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

Don’t be afraid to take a risk and get out of your comfort zone. It might be scary at first however, work hard and it will pay off.

Is there anyone that inspires you in your career?

There are a number of women who have inspired me throughout my career who are in leadership roles and I aspire to get the level which they achieved.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Marilyn Monroe – because she was not afraid to be true to herself.

Michelle Obama – as she was not afraid to stand up for her beliefs.

My mum – as she has pushed and encouraged me to get to where I am today, her strength alone is inspiring and something to look up to.