Today the world comes together to recognise and celebrate a powerful group that’s close to our hearts: ladies.
International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. It is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the women’s movement and push for progress.
At If Not Now, we pride ourselves on striving for gender equality in our professional and personal lives. Our favourite campaigns we’ve had the pleasure to work on include SHEvotes and We Are Europe. SHEvotes re-wrote the rules of election campaigning; through offline and online activity (and a lot of determination from a team of badass women), SHEvotes reached over 30 million people in the UK to encourage young women to get out and vote. We also campaigned for the protection of women’s rights with We Are Europe – one that really kick-started our company and passion for political campaigning. On top of that, we love that so many - if not all - of the clients we work with and the partners we work alongside place such value in gender equality too. We want to give a shout out to Castlefield, who work in one of the most gender imbalanced industries out there - the world of finance. As often as they can champion women's rights, supporting campaigns like International Women's Day, and recently signing the Women in Finance charter - no mean feat!
Today and everyday, we pledge to gender parity within our organisation and will push for progress in the social and environmental sector in which we operate.
To celebrate this special day, we’ve each nominated a female who’s had a positive impact on us…
Hanna: “I’m going against the rules and picking TWO females who inspire me. No1 is Bethan Harris. This absolute powerhouse of a woman came into my life a few years ago when we worked on We Are Europe and she changed everything for the better. Bethan is full of creative ideas, determination and constantly striving and campaigning to help others. She also recently opened my eyes up to what it means to ‘self-love’ – something that’s so important but usually overlooked. My second nomination is the hero that is Laura Bates – founder of Everyday Sexism Project. I watched her TED talk when I was at university. I felt instantly angry about the shit women have to endure on a daily basis, but more importantly I felt empowered to do something about it. My love for campaigning and supporting the issues I care about started here."
Sean: “I nominate Harriet Kingaby, from Bora&Co. When I started working for myself in this industry, Harriet was one of the first inspiring people I came across. We worked together on Bristol's Big Green Week; and I instantly loved her creative but pragmatic approach. It's no surprise to me that she's since made a career out of movement building and thought leadership. If Not Now works with Harriet on projects every so often and they're always a joy. While we meet and work together as peers, I still look up to her as an inspiration of what it means to live by your values in this industry!"
Chris: For me it's Dr Jade Moran - Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. An incredibly intelligent and kind woman with strong and well-informed opinions on social justice and equality, Jade Moran was a constant inspiration to me throughout my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett University. The support I received and knowledge I gained from Jade has remained with me and helped shape my views of the world which drive and motivate me every day."