• Beth Hurst

Team GoTo on International Women's Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter

Happy International Women's Day from all of us here at GoToDigital! We're extremely proud to be a gender balance company, and all the better for it! #BalanceforBetter

We've spent the week thinking about some quotes and statistics surrounding issues like unconscious gender bias, maternity discrimination, equality and diversity, and reflecting on what they mean to us as both a company, and as individuals.

Here's some of our favourites...

Deann, CEO

‘77% of mothers in Britain reported having had a negative or possibly discriminatory experience during pregnancy, maternity leave or on their return from maternity leave (2016).’

I was interviewing while on maternity leave when my son Rory was 6 months old and my ability to work in a senior level role that required travel and high demands was doubted because of my young son. I was asked questions that my husband would never have been asked in the same situation, whether that was due to conscious or unconscious bias I don’t know.

One of the things that attracted me to GoToDigital was that there was never a question about my ability to come in as a CEO to grow, build and expand internationally. The fact I’m a mother just wasn’t a part of the conversation, because it didn’t matter.

Alex, Co-Founder & CMO

When symphony orchestras started using blind auditions (placing candidates behind screens), the number of women in the five leading orchestras in the US increased fivefold.

We want to build a culture where everyone is recognised for their ability, not their gender.

Beth, Content Executive

"Well-behaved women seldom make history." - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I am lucky to be surrounded by amazing female leaders, mentors and peers who encourage me to be more confident. But I’m also grateful for my brilliantly supportive and understanding male managers and coworkers. To me, #BalanceforBetter means realising that we need all influences to flourish.

Oliver, Account Manager

“Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ … It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem acknowledge that.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

To me, #BalanceforBetter is about being a part of the solution and that means being proudly feminist.

Amie, Business Development Manager

"We need diverse talent, views and thinking that reflects the society in which we work." - Laura Hinton, Head of People at PwC UK

I am proud to work in a company where people don’t see me as my gender, but instead for what I can achieve.