In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we asked a selection of our female colleagues a few questions around this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias. Continue reading to hear what Emma Marshall had to say
Have you ever challenged gender stereotypes, discrimination and bias?:
I want to provide an answer to this by pulling from a recent and personal experience which is probably relatable to a lot of people. In this situation, I wasn't the one challenging the stereotypes, I was encouraged to challenge the stereotype that sometimes society thrusts upon us women - to tolerate/expect the unwanted advances of a male. Which of course is slowly being broken down but still very present. I found myself in a situation where I was harassed and followed on the train to work by a member of the public. I arrived at the office upset and flustered. Greg Wood noticed this and we discussed what happened, instead of providing words of pity he provided tips on how one could protect themselves in these situations both verbally and physically. At the time I didn't really digest what he was saying but upon reflection Greg's actions and words were powerful and encouraged me to consider my perception of how to deal with certain situations and how we should deal with them. His advice was something I had never experienced before, as a society we aren't given tools to deal with situations like this it has to be sought after. I understand my experience was all relative but by sharing and talking about experiences is how change happens!
How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?
Attending the Break The Bias Webinar!
Do you believe that gender equality in the workplace is improving?
Absolutely! If you take a look at ICG Medical women are absolutely everywhere and I mean that in the most positive way. If you were to imagine an office environment in the 1960s which would have been male dominated and compare it to our current office its actually mind blowing. Strong women in powerful positions making important business decisions being supported and listened to by their male colleagues. It’s incredible. I believe that at ICG Medical, gender equality is just the norm and it is easy to forget that this isn't the way for many other businesses.
If you could share a piece of advice to your younger self about your career, what would it be?
All the experiences you go through and the interactions you have, the good and the bad, will build the basis for your values and morals. In hindsight, you will be grateful you have gone through them even if they have been difficult to navigate so embrace every experience for what it is.