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Celebrating prime employers on Equality Day for Women

Celebrating prime employers on Equality Day for Women

 August 21, 2018

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Every year on August 26th, America celebrates Women’s Equality Day. This special occasion Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, first introduced in 1878, that grants women the right to vote. However, the day has grown to mean so much more to women in America, and beyond. Whilst it’s crucial to remember the women that fought and sacrificed to deliver the freedom we now enjoy, Women’s Equality Day also celebrates all of the women’s organizations across the United States that work tirelessly to provide women with equal opportunities in education and employment.

To mark this day, Where Women Work celebrates the impressive steps towards gender equality taken by some of the most progressive and inclusive employers around the world.

Global companies, local support

Employers such as world-leading infrastructure firm, AECOM, acknowledge that achieving gender parity requires everyone to work together. So AECOM goes above and beyond to celebrate the achievements of their women in every country in which they operate.

Arcadis is another prime example of where women are encouraged to thrive in architecture, design and consultancy with hundreds of opportunities around the world. "Arcadis trains, guides and mentors its young engineers, and gives them opportunities to lead projects early,” says graduate engineer, Kate Francis.

Meanwhile, women at Amazon also enjoy amazing support from a company seen as one of the world’s most inclusive, diverse and customer-centric employers. From boosting opportunities for women in STEM, to encouraging diverse women to use their voice, Amazon is the place to be for women seeking incredible career opportunities.

From the school room to the board room

Diageo also celebrates its commitment to championing gender diversity as its strong credentials on diverse leadership are recognised in the Female FTSE Board Report by Cranfield School of Management. Diageo leads the FTSE 100 for representation of women on boards.

Globally, power company EATON is steps ahead with women that are leading their field. Several EATON women have been recognised for their remarkable achievements with Step Ahead awards for contributions in the manufacturing sector.

Collaborations and role models are key

"Women in leadership roles are no longer operating from the sidelines," says a spokesperson at F5 Networks. Collaboration, a balanced view and equality is key if companies want to break free of traditional boardroom cultures.  

Respect for difference

At Northrop Grumman, talented women are working across the enterprise challenging stereotypes in engineering and manufacturing and raising the bar every single day. Women like Amy Lo, a systems engineer who helps design and build spacecraft; or Gabby, a triathlete, traveller, and photographer who loves every minute of her work as a systems engineering manager and technical fellow for Northrop Grumman.

Despite the stigma in some parts of the world that some jobs are only specifically suitable for men or women, Schneider Electric fully supports its female engineers around the world. "My direct manager and peers ensure I feel empowered in a male-dominated environment, and they greatly encourage me to further develop my technical skills and expand my knowledge in product competency," explains female engineer, Maulidya Falah.  

Discover your next career path with a prime employer for women

o research each of these prime employers for women to find out more about their work cultures, hear from the women who work there, and learn about the wide range of exciting career opportunities on offer.

And remember, where you choose to work can make all the difference. Our best advice to you: “Go to where you’re celebrated!”


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