On 8 March 2018, Westonbirt School celebrated International Women’s Day with an inspiring visit from business women at St. James's Place Wealth Management. The team spoke 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, said,
“It was extremely valuable for Westonbirt students to share their celebration of International Women’s Day with role models from St. James's Place Wealth Management. It is also National Apprenticeship Week, so fitting that one of the speakers was a female apprentice, who shared with us her route into the Wealth Management sector.”
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, Síle Kelleher said,
“St. James’s Place Wealth Management is an entrepreneurial organisation and we have always been keen that the next generation should be able to contribute successfully through employment. We try to bring the world of work to life for young people and our panel of speakers represented women at all levels of our business as an apprentice, graduate and Director. We hope that, as a result of hearing their stories, the students will feel more confident in reaching for and achieving their own ambitions, and consider sectors they may not previously have thought of”.
Westonbirt School’s Great Hall also featured displays of inspiring women from a broad spectrum of industries and backgrounds.