Why I marching in the Women’s March on Saturday
I am marching on Saturday at the Women’s March in London because I believe that women and allies need to stand together to ensure that the issues facing women today are taken seriously, not ignored, and are acted upon. I believe in unity, and in supporting the causes of other women.
The issues that are important to me personally are around equality of opportunity for women and girls with respect to careers – I want to move away from gender stereotyping at schools, and occupational segregation based on gender bias in the workplace. I want to give all people equality of choice, irrespective of their gender. I want women to be able to return to their careers – without penalty - after having families and I want flexibility to both pursue a career and bring up a family without having to choose between them. I want to see women being encouraged and supported to reach the top of organisations and into leadership positions.
I am marching shoulder to shoulder with other women who have other gender related issues that are different and just as important as mine, and I want to show that we support one another and are willing to make our voices heard.
I am also marching because I don’t want the steps we have taken to date to improve diversity and inclusion and to address the issues that face women around the world to be reversed in an era of misogyny and marginalisation.