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March 2019 – Blog on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

 

We hope you are celebrating International Women’s Day like we are at Thomson & Bancks where half of our partnership are female and the majority of our lawyers! Our first female partner was invited to celebrate a famous woman in our firm’s history at Oxford University last Autumn; Gwyneth Bebb.

She became the wife of one of our founding fathers; T. Thomson Weldon. Bebb v Law Society is a famous legal case where she sued the solicitors’ governing body for failing to recognise women as people. Therefore, denied her and peers qualifying as a Solicitor after gaining law degrees. For our full blog on the amazing woman click on link below.

Gwyneth Bebb

 

Today, our legal team consists of 74% women, with 3 out of 7 of our partnership being female. Thomson & Bancks is proud to have such strong representation, but we’re just as aware that the legal industry has a long way to go to achieve complete systemic equality for women – especially when it comes to representation in the higher ranks… which brings us to the message of International Woman’s Day (IWD).

International Women’s Day – Better the balance, better the world

This is the call made by IWD to end inequality between the genders. We are all encouraged to run an event; launch a project or initiative; deliver a female-focused activity; activate a marketing campaign; develop resources; conduct research; make a video and/or run social media posts like this one.

The 2019 theme for IWD is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’. It aims to find innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. The focus is particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

 

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Even in an age of digital opportunity, trends indicate a growing gender digital divide, with women being under-represented in key fields such as technology, engineering, design and science. So how do we ensure that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies? There has been extraordinary progress made in the past half century in the West but positive role models and changes in our culture is still required so that gender stereotypes are not instilled at school and even at home.

We could all help by thinking about buying colour coded or feminine/masculine branded toys and clothes. Research has shown that by age 6, our children are affected by gender bias and whilst recognising that girls perform better at tests at that age, they will allocate the better paid jobs to the boys when role playing.

 

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The ultimate aim is to ban inequality by 2030, specifically the UN set the following goals to achieve this on IWD in 2014:

  • ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

 

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International Women’s Day – Giving Young Women a Voice

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we would like to encourage our readers to give their support to a young carer that has shown strength beyond her years. As you may know, Thomson & Bancks supports the charity Gloucestershire Young Carers, and one of the carers that they support was recently nominated for an award! Aura is now a finalist in the Young Person of the Year Award sponsored by Co-op Midcounties, and we want to do our part to make sure she gets the recognition she deserves.

As a young carer, Aura receives no government financial support for looking after family in need of extra care, in spite of the fact that she has to balance these heavy responsibilities with her own schooling. She has not only excelled in spite of this, she has gone even further, advocating for her peers and recently joining a project run by The Mosquito Mission charity. To Support Aura for her wonderful efforts, you can vote for her as ‘Nominee 2’ here.

Catch up with Lucy Sherry’s previous blog posts

February 2019 – Blog on Raynaud’s Awareness Month
January 2019 – Blog on Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019
December 2018 – Blog on Tiredness and weight gain; the effects of Christmas on our health
November 2018 – Blog on World Vegan Day
October 2018 – Blog on Baby Loss Awareness Week; 9-15 October 2018
September 2018 – Blog on Know Your Numbers! Week; 10-16 September 2018
August 2018 – Blog on World Breastfeeding Week; 1-7 August 2018
July 2018 – Blog on World Hepatitis Day; 28 July 2018
June 2018 – Blog on National Carers Week; 11-17 June 2018
May 2018 – Blog on Stay Healthy, Stay Walking
April 2018 – Blog on Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)
March 2018 – Blog on the Importance of Good Oral Health
February 2018 – Blog on World Thinking Day – 22nd February
January 2018 – Blog on Losing Weight with The High Calcium Diet
December 2017 – Blog on World AIDS Day 2017
November 2017 – Blog on Antibiotic Resistance – Causes, consequences and how you can help
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October 2017 – Blog on Why Eating Curry is Good for Your Health
September 2017 – Blog on Challenge the Stigma of Dementia
August 2017 – Blog on Road Victims Awareness Month – August 2017
July 2017 – Blog on Group Streptococcus B Awareness Month
June 2017 – Blog on Brain Food!
May 2017 – Blog on Why Eating Less Meat Could Help Save the Planet!
April 2017 – Blog on the EWG’s Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen
March 2017 – Blog on Going Sugar-free this Lent
February 2017 – Blog on Antibiotics in Animal Feed & the Rise of the Superbug; 1 Reason Why I was Vegetarian!
January 2017 – Blog on Alcohol; a harmless social escape or a dangerous poison?
December 2016 – Blog on Our annual Christmas binge & January famine!
November 2016 – Blog on Battling Stress at Work
October 2016 – Blog on The Taboos About Men’s Mental Health

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