Exploring women’s place in the East Anglian business world on International Women’s Day
Today the world marks International Women's Day – a celebration of past and present female achievements and an incitement for women to reach higher in the future.
It is a day for both sexes to reflect on how many barriers for women across the world – to education, to work, to autonomy – have been broken down and how many more there are still to tackle.
Over the past few weeks we've been looking at some of the issues which still exist for women entering or in the working world in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Leading industry figures in East Anglia said initiatives to encourage girls in these subjects, and eventually careers, were beginning to bear fruit, but that engagement and outreach would be key in continuing to close the gap.
Next we explored the part which confidence plays in success in business, in particular the outward, 'masculine' toughness which has formerly been considered integral.
Coaching and wellbeing experts who are helping women of all ages in the counties to climb higher up the career ladder say this perception is outdated – and the benefits of having women in the top team are becoming ever more obvious.
Finally we looked at motherhood and the barriers it can still throw up for women in the workplace.
You may also want to watch:
Business leaders and mothers said more needs to be done by employers to level the playing field for women with or expecting children, and the unconscious bias against flexible and part-time workers in terms of promotion and progression must be addressed.
- 1 Two Norfolk restaurants in top five 'secret' places to eat on English coast
- 2 Teenage boy found a week after being reported missing
- 3 School apologises for uniform advice wording after sexism claims
- 4 Prince William, George and Charlotte start races at Sandringham
- 5 A47 driver stopped in smashed up Vauxhall and failed drug test
- 6 Dutch design could inspire revamp of danger roundabout
- 7 Popular restaurant to reopen after staffing issues
- 8 Rare condition kills 'amazing' lorry driver
- 9 WATCH: Heron patiently waits for fish and chips
- 10 38 Norfolk schools and university named in students' accounts of sex abuse