Naturally, March 8th is the main day circled in the Business Sorority calendar. International Women’s Day (IWD) falls on a Thursday this year, and we’re doing all we can to ensure it’s a glittering celebration worthy of our home city’s heritage.
Living and working in Manchester, it’s hard to ignore the city’s vibrant history of powerful women who catalysed change and continue to inspire future generations of the females they liberated through sheer grit, determination and belief in the cause of equality. February celebrated the centennial of the Pankhurst sisters’ campaign for votes for women, so it seems a fitting tribute that the following month gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how far we need to carry on pushing for progress in honour of the suffragettes, our foremothers and the women who will go on to inherit the earth.
This year’s IWD theme is #pressforprogress, which implores us to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. It seemed appropriate that this should be an event that champions collaboration, and The Business Sorority were proud to call on our sisters in arms, uniting some of the incredible groups in the city who promote diversity in a common cause to make this the best celebration ever.
When gathering the best and brightest female networks of the city, we discovered there was simply too much to talk about to cram it all into one day. And so, Womanchester was born – a week long festival of events that aim to bring equal opportunities to the forefront of conversation, to plan and pledge actions for improvement, and to inspire the next generation of female leaders with the courage that they can – and will- have an empowered voice to continue driving change towards gender parity.
With events covering everything from representation to