The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘balance for better‘:
Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage…
Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
To celebrate and highlight this year’s theme, we took a group of 14-year-old female students from Cumberland School in East London to an aspiration session hosted by SHS corporate partners, the London Stock Exchange Group. The aspiration session began with a special Market Open Ceremony to celebrate International Women’s Day and focused on women-led businesses.
The students were involved in round-table discussions with several women business leaders throughout the morning. Although the business language was new to them, they had some keen observations:
“Women need to work in IT, because the technical people need women to help them talk to each other properly”
“Getting money for your business is harder if you’re a woman”
Networking, lunch, and the chance to have a quick look around LSEG meant the morning got an all-round thumbs up!