Susan J Williams Partner and Head of Family Department
Ince celebrates International Women’s Day
On 8 March, International Women’s Day celebrates its 109th year, since it was first established in 1911. International Women’s Day encourages women around the world to come together to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, with a call for action to push for gender equality.
The theme of International Women’s Day 2020 is ‘Each for Equal’, inspired by the quote: “an equal world is an enabled world. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world”.
Last year marked 100 years since the first woman entered the legal profession, and during this time, attitudes to women in the law has shifted significantly. Whilst there is still gender inequality in the field with regards to pay, underrepresentation at partnership and board levels, and inequalities within the judiciary; the significant improvements that have been made should be celebrated. However, the ongoing inequalities should also act as a driver for women to continue to work for gender equality.
The legal profession should be at the forefront of the fight for equality in all walks of life. Many women manage their legal career whilst raising their children; which is a challenge and a struggle on many occasions. However, with a lot of organisation, hard work and support from family and work colleagues, many women manage to make it work.
As we now look to the next generation of women entering the legal profession, it is important to empower women at all levels to achieve their goals and ambitions in their career, whilst allowing them to balance their family life and maintaining their personal wellbeing.
At Ince, we create opportunities for staff members at all levels to realise their full potential, in a diverse and inclusive working environment. As a part of this, Ince created the Ince Gender Balance Committee who developed a diversity and inclusion strategy, which aims to:
- Create a culture within the company free of gender bias;
- Ensure progression opportunities and pathways to leadership are available to all regardless of gender;
- Provide gender bias training and unconscious gender bias training to raise awareness across the company; and
- Create a supportive and inclusive environment where gender issues can be addressed.
International Women’s Day continues to inspire people to celebrate women’s achievements and continue to fight for gender equality. At Ince, we also want to celebrate the achievements of the women working in the company, whilst driving each and every one of our people across our international offices to work collectively to overcome gender inequality.