“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

What Is International Women’s Day?

International women’s day is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day History

International women’s day has occurred for over a century, with the first international women’s day gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, international women’s day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. International women’s is not a country, group or organisation specific.

Rachel Honor and Dalley on International Womens Day

What Does IWD Mean To GrowTraffic?

Rachel

 As a company that passionately promotes women’s rights daily, international women’s day is no different from any other day here at GrowTraffic. But it is an opportunity to shout about our achievements and recognise how far we have come.

I’m incredibly proud to work in a business with many unique, intelligent and strong women. I’m pleased to have so many powerful and inspirational women around me on the broader network.

“Here’s to another year of Breaking the Bias.”

Hannah

We all have conscious and unconscious biases that affect how we treat women and girls. So let’s all take this international women’s day to examine them and see if we can #BreakTheBias together.

Honor

As part of a company that positively promotes women’s rights, it is like any other day here at GrowTraffic. It gives us an incredible opportunity to voice our achievements and goals to recognise that we have come a long way.

I feel incredibly honoured and empowered to work alongside so many powerful women, and I feel immensely proud to have these women in my life.

“Here’s to another year of women being unstoppable and Breaking the Bias”.

Rebecca

“Girls rule boys drool”.

Sophie

To quote the late, great Maya Angelou, “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life”.

Jake

International women’s day gives me the time to admire the women in my circle and sport. Starting with all the women at GT, your work in the business and external areas/groups to raise awareness and profile of such topics is inspiring.

Words can’t describe how inspirational my family, girlfriend and friends are. In terms of sport, I see many journalists, athletes, pundits aspiring to break the bias, and it’s fantastic to fantastic one year more women getting into the spotlight because of their dedication to the sport and raising the profile of other aspiring women on the back of it.

Elicia

International women’s day is an excellent opportunity for me to stop and reflect on the amazing women in my own life: colleagues, family and friends. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by inspiring, strong women.

Many of the women I know #BreakTheBias every day by being truly authentic and refusing to conform to outdated societal norms. I love women being women in their way.

Mads

Thoughts TBC

Simon Dalley on International Women's Day

Dalley

Bias continues to hold women, our workplaces and many men back. Knowing bias exists isn’t enough though. We all need to take action to #BreakTheBias.

I would always say I’m a fairly liberal and progressive type. I go out of my way to ensure fairness and equality percolates through GrowTraffic. But recently a simple thought exercise carried out by a business coach highlighted my own bias – and that of everyone else in the room. The exercise involved an older man on a bike and a woman running alongside him. One was a High Court Judge, the other an underwear model. The exercise revolved around a question about which one would win in a race. Of course, the point was the High Court Judge was a woman and the underwear model was a man. There were 30 business leaders in the room, roughly split evenly between men and women. After about 10 minutes of guessing, we gave up and had to be told the answer.

Whether it’s deliberate or unconscious bias, these forms of discriminatory stereotypes make it harder for women and many men to move ahead. Action is needed to level the playing field. That old saying, “Deeds, not words” comes to mind. We all have to actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping, each time we see it in the real world. And we’re not always going to see it and sometimes we are going to be as much at fault as the next person.

Unfortunately, dismantling the bias’ that inhibit the equality of our whole society is a multi-generational challenge that will undoubtedly take decades, if not centuries to fulfil. Each day, we must all do our bit to bring that goal ever closer to being realised.

I am proud of the culture that has grown up in GrowTraffic – which in many ways has developed in spite of me – but I now see it as being hugely emancipating to me, as well as to the women who proudly call themselves GrowFos.

What Is GrowTraffic Doing To Promote Women In The Workplace?

GrowTraffic promotes women in the workplace by having wide ranging conversations on our podcast Shooting The Sh!t and we also includes many different and highly influential women in business on our Facebook page.

What’s more we’ve always said we wanted to create a workplace that works for working mums. That’s kind of our benchmark; does the company offer the kind of flexibility and support a busy working mum requires.

How Does GrowTraffic Work With The Soroptimists?

GrowTraffic works with women from all over the world on the Soroptimists by having zoom meetings to talk about the crucial matters that are going on in the world.

Currently, this includes the projects set up for ending poverty, eradicating hunger and providing education for all and being able to preserve the environment.

How Does Growtraffic Help Women And Girls With STEM?

STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

GrowTraffic as a company is highly passionate about getting more girls into STEM. Specifically, our two leading ladies of the company, Rachel and Hannah.

They give up their own time to help, encourage, and mentor women who want to work in technology, specifically SEO.

They both use social media to let people know how they can help with this matter even more, as well as them both going to expos and career fairs.

Our three directors also do talks in schools and colleges and talk to the children and young people about networking and the mentoring that they can do online and in-person but how they can mentor women overall in SEO. Recently Rachel and Hannah took part in a two day Speakers For Schools scheme and Dalley is teaching a short marketing course at Nelson and Colne College in the coming weeks.

To help spread awareness of this topic, they also host podcasts and Rachel and Hannah carry out other projects via the Soroptimists, including focusing on the benefits of getting into STEM and how this can impact our next generation.

Happy Women’s Day 2022 From GrowTraffic

If you would like to learn about IWD through GrowTraffic or how women work in our workplace, please, give us a call. We would love to talk to you. Email, info@growtraffic.co.uk phone tel:0161 70620012

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