On 8 March 2018, Westonbirt School will celebrate International Women’s Day with an inspiring visit from business women at St James' Place Wealth Management. The team will speak to Westonbirt students from Years 10 to 13 about working in the finance sector as a woman, breaking down barriers in a traditionally male dominated sector.
As a girls' school, Westonbirt strives to empower students to reach their full potential and believe it is essential to promote the importance of the role of women in today's global society.
The first International Women’s Day was held in New York in 1909. In 2018, the campaign theme is #PressforProgress. With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, International Women’s Day believe there has never been a more important time to keep motivated. Recent global events have fuelled activism for women's equality and there is a strong global momentum.
Head of Information and Guidance at Westonbirt School, Mrs Ann Dunn, says,
“I am very much looking forward to sharing our celebration of International Women’s Day with role models from St James’ Place. It is also National Apprenticeship Week, so fitting that one of the visitors is a female apprentice in the Wealth Management sector.”
Westonbirt School’s Great Hall will also feature displays of inspiring women from a broad spectrum of industries and backgrounds.