International Women's Day

Tuesday 8th March 2022 marks International Women's Day. This year we wanted to bring the attention to some of the most inspiring, successful women in the PARN network that we have the pleasure of working alongside. 

We sent a series of questions about International Women's Day, personal experiences and advice they could offer, we hope that our readership finds value in their responses. 

Linda Hausmanis, CEO at Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management

Why do you think it’s important to observe IWD?

Because we are far off from equality  

How would you address the cultural issues that form the background of the gender pay gap?

Place more pressure on companies to report pay gaps, perhaps which such a pull on them to so, they might reflect on their findings and do something about it. 

What are the most effective ways to counteract the negative stereotypes of feminism, especially in the workplace?

To me its more about banishing all forms of discrimination.  Educating people not to make assumptions about anyone.  Helping people to be more like Alice and step through the looking glass and see what it is to walk in someone else's shoes. 

How do you succeed in a male dominated environment?

With integrity and being true to oneself.  Do not use the "female" stick to beat people with, demeans what it is to be a woman

What can men do to help to achieve equality?

Have greater understanding of their own gender biases and use of language to continually perpetuate inequality

What do you believe can be done to address gender stereotypes?

Media can play a part here

Where do you imagine the most significant challenges will occur?

If hybrid working is here to stay, there is a risk women, after so many decades of fighting for equal opportunities, will find them excluded if it is they who choose to work from home for am improved work life balance as it is still the domain that women end up with responsibility for the home and child care and elderly care.  Men use going to work to escape such responsibilities and are therefore likely to be seen and be promoted and developed. 

When will equality finally be met?

Not for a very very long time.  This requires root and branch culture change, if you start it in schools where you try and teach children to respect each other by the time they get to the workplace, they will find a very different environment and behavioural code, so what will they do conform in order to fit in or spend a lifetime switching jobs in the hope of finding an organisation that have equality well and truly embedded. 

What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work?

There are many instances of progress, I for one am a CEO and we have had a female Chair previously.  But it is a constant battle to address biases.  Men dismiss women with a glance before even engaging in conversation. 

How does IWD fit in with your overall EDI programme?

A chance to celebrate the great women we have in our profession. 

What is your best piece of advice for young women entering the job market, especially those seeking a career in a male dominated field?

Never demean yourself, operate with absolute integrity.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted March 7, 2022 by Kimberley Moreno
I'd like to take the opportunity to publicly thank both Linda and Lizzie for taking the time to contribute to our International Women's Day Q&A. Here at PARN we value the contribution of our members and take pride in our network. We hope that by collaborating on pieces such as this we can continue to highlight the accolades of individuals and organisations within the sector. 
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