Today is International Women’s Day!
Today, Tuesday 8 March, is International Women’s Day! Join us in celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and accelerating gender parity.
Vice Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris remarked: “International Women’s Day allows us to reflect with pride on the achievements of the inspirational women from our staff and student community. My thanks go to our talented academics, pioneering researchers, skilled professional colleagues, as well as everyone providing vital support and services for our students – the change-makers of the future. Together, we all have a part to play in ending discrimination.
Last year, the University of Brighton received the Athena SWAN Silver Award for our impact in addressing gender inequality; recognition of our progress but also our commitment to ongoing action. I am grateful to everyone involved in our continued efforts and for bringing our core value of inclusivity to life.
In 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a worsening of the gender pay gap across the wider economy, so I am also pleased to confirm that during this challenging year, we have continued to reduce our mean gender pay gap, which now stands at 9.6%.
We are making progress. But we know that there is always more to do. Today, we take stock. We salute our women, thank every ally and stand together for a more inclusive world.”
This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias – encouraging us all to imagine a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Get involved by attending our IWD2022 events, including our headline session #BreakTheBias: a panel event, featuring staff and alumni and hosted in collaboration with the University of Sussex. Chairing the event is Professor Ruth Whittaker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) and Gender Champion:
“International Women’s Day gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women but also a chance to reflect on challenges and redouble our efforts. I am delighted to chair an event with panelists with wide-ranging experience and talent, willing to share their insights. Our staff and students continue to make a difference to improve gender equality; breaking bias, barriers and boundaries.”
You can also join in the conversation online via our dedicated IWD2022 webpage, which will be updated throughout the day with stories if women in our community who are breaking the bias in their work, study or life.