In 1908, 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York city campaigning for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1911, International Women’s Day was born. Held on 8th March every year, fast forward a century, how has this changed in the world of work today? Are women getting the recognition, support and encouragement they need? We have shortlisted Changeboard’s top stories showcasing female leadership and talent, and what organisations are doing to inspire and empower today’s women.

Changeboard’s top stories


Flying after family – Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyjet

“Women make up a large part of the consumer population, so it’s not good to have them unrepresented at senior level”

Carolyn McCall is only the third woman to head a FTSE 100 company. She’s also a mother of three, and a perfect example of how working for forward thinking employers, mixed with an appetite for business success, means you don’t have to jeopardise your career by having children. Read more>



Betting on women – Beverly Newman, head of people development, William Hill

“Our chief executive is a strong proponent of women as leaders and during his time in the business he has championed women’s development”

Beverly Newman tells Natalie Cooper how female leadership and career progression is fostered at bookmaking giant William Hill. Read more>


Leigh-Lafever-AyerSpeeding towards female leadership – Leigh Lafever-Ayer, HR director, Enterprise

“To ensure women form a representative proportion of our workforce, it’s essential that we invest in the development of our female talent”

With a ‘Women of the Future Award’ under their belt and 45% of their hires female, Enterprise is racing towards a balanced workforce in a male-dominated industry. Leigh Lafever-Ayer, shares with Katie Richard their plans for future success. Read more>

Around the world – Middle East

MaximizingFemaleTalent200x233(1)Maximizing female talent: Roundtable with Mubadala Development Company, Ooredoo, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and Waha Capital

“developing a skilled and productive female workforce to deliver revenue while helping diversify the economy” – Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision

Boosting employment for women is high on the agendas of most GCC governments, yet the proportion of females in the world of work is still strikingly low. Oxford Strategic Consulting talks to leaders about how to tap into this valuable talent pool. Read more>

Inspiring change – what will you do?
The theme for International Women’s Day global hub is ‘inspiring change’, to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in everything that they do. Challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance, driving employers to inspire positive change in their organisations. Here’s a great example:

Getting social – promoting workplace diversity
The Guardian Witness has launched a social media campaign aiming to raise awareness and promote better diversity at work in 2014. They’re asking people to share one piece of advice with other women – whether it’s your colleague, friend, mother, wife or sister – by taking a ‘selfie’ featuring the advice and uploading it onto their website using the hashtag #beyourselfatwork

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Show your support
To find out more about International Women’s Day and all the events around the world, check out their website for full details and follow updates on twitter @womensday

And, wear a purple ribbon.








Happy International Women’s Day!

Written by Sarah Clark, online features editor, Changeboard

Sarah Clark, online features editor, Changeboard

Sarah is the online features editor at Changeboard.

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