Becks thoughts on IWD in the Media

Fri, 06 Mar 2020
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Becks is a free spirited and conscientious recruitment consultant specialising in HR. She is a firm believer that we first have to bring each other up, and work together to achieve our goals. She has been working at Impact for 2 years and is part of our Social Impact Team! 

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I think it’s important for people to celebrate Women’s achievements and successes, but also the obstacles women still face today. I believe raising awareness is one of the first steps to positive change!

As a career women yourself, do you feel you have had to fight harder to get where you are today?

I wouldn’t say I’ve necessarily had to work harder, but I’ve been pigeon holed in previous jobs. I remember working in retail many years ago, myself and other females were only hired to “stand and look pretty” wearing heels at the store front and brand-aligned makeup whilst males didn’t seem to have this role. 

How do you feel the media and creative industry treats women?

I’m so pleased to see how our industry celebrates women, but I know it hasn’t always been this way. It’s definitely one of the reasons I enjoy working in the media and creative industry because I get to meet a plethora of strong, inspirational women leaders.

What would you like to see companies do to give more gender parity?

I saw recently that paid parental bereavement leave known as ‘Jack’s law’ will be coming into force in April 2020 – I was shocked that this was not already in place and it made me wonder how companies were doing this for their employees anyway without the law in place. Moving forward, I think first and foremost companies should pledge to equal pay and listen to their employees to ensure they are fully valued.

What advice would you give to women ambitious for a great career?

To never give up, and stand up for yourself. Don’t be afraid to share new ideas and if you want something, ask!