I was so impressed by our event at the House of Lords last night to celebrate International Women's Day today. The evening was organised by our Women + London group and hosted by our colleague, The Rt Hon. the Lord Hunt of the Wirral MBE.
Our guests heard speeches from Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone, Dame Cheryl Gillan MP and our own senior partner, Virginia Clegg. Baroness Bottomley touched on the topic of resilience when talking about her struggle to be selected as an MP and observed that women often take rejection more personally than men. She also talked about the bewilderment of some of her political colleagues about how she and her husband could possibly manage to care for their children with both parents working. Both issues are still challenges today for women in the workplace.
Virginia Clegg, our senior partner, spoke about her commitment to being the leader of a diverse and inclusive business. I find it inspiring to work for an organisation where diversity and inclusion are genuinely part of the agenda of the senior management team.
And Lord Hunt was the perfect host, escorting groups of our guests into the chamber of the House of Lords to listen to the debate about the European Union withdrawal bill and later taking us through to the empty House of Commons. It was fascinating to hear some of the detailed debates about the individual clauses of the bill, although I couldn't help thinking that doing a mark up might be more efficient?
Happy International Women's Day!
In photo below, from left to right: Baroness Bottomly, Virginia Clegg, Cheryl Gillan MP