International Women’s Day 2022

Every year on 8th March, International Women’s Day is globally celebrated and recognised to honour the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women around the world. It increases visibility, while calling out inequality.

The first IWD was held in 1911 and marked the call to action in equality for women. Today the event belongs to women everywhere.

Break the bias

The theme of IWD this year is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.

This year’s theme is about imaging a gender equal world: a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

What does IWD mean to you?

This year, we interviewed several women across the business, as well as Managing Partner Alan Edwards. Watch Senior Manager Melissa Hardwick, Senior Financial Planning Manager Gill Lynes, Senior Tax Manager Lisa Neale and Alan share their thoughts on why International Women’s Day is important , and what #breakthebias means to them.

International Women’s Day is such a positive day and it’s celebrating women’s achievements around the world. But it also highlights the fact that women aren’t present in equal numbers in business and politics. And I think we have to ask the question ‘Why?’

Melissa Hardwick, Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory Group

I’ve been really keen to promote financial resilience for women, particularly seen over the course of years in financial advice. And I think financial education for women as to how they can be more resilient is really, really important. 

Gill Lynes, Senior Financial Planning Manager, Carpenter Box Financial Advisers

International Women’s Day is important to me because it’s an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women. It also makes us aware about inequality and bias that’s still around, and things we still need to change. 

Lisa Neale, Senior Tax Manager, Tax Services Group

International Women’s Day is important to me because I truly believe that we should recognise and celebrate the contribution of not only women in business, but women and girls in leadership roles around the world. 

Alan Edwards, Managing Partner

Celebrating International Women’s Day

We held a lunchtime networking session for women across our Worthing and Gatwick offices to discuss International Women’s Day, and re-connect after last year’s virtual session.

Our Gatwick team
Our Worthing team

Client spotlight

We asked one of our female-led clients what International Women’s Day means to them, and her thoughts on #breakthebias.

Meet Sadie Mason, MBE and Chief Executive at Active Sussex. She was awarded an MBE in 2014 for Services to Sport, and has been working for Active Sussex for 17 years. She was recently selected to represent the Great Britain Women’s 50+ basketball team.

Active Sussex is funded by Sport England, and work in partnership to help keen more people physically fit in Sussex. They champion national campaigns locally, including the This Girl Can campaign.

International Women's Day is a great celebration of women everywhere: from diverse roles they undertake, to the joy of just being themselves - 100% fabulous! The hashtage #breakthebias is a good immediate thought is 'glass ceiling'! And being a female person of colour, I've been working hard against double-biases all my life. But it hasn't stopped me; I just took a different direction.

To find out more about Sadie and Active Sussex, visit our Twitter page.

Happy International Women’s Day!