Today (March 8th) we’re celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) all across the world. IWD commemorates the movement for women’s rights and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Following the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Reports telling us gender parity is over 200 years away, this years campaign theme is #PressForProgress.
The idea behind Press For Progress is to press forward and progress gender parity. And with global movement’s such as #MeToo and #TimesUp there is a strong movement for advocacy, activism and support. While change doesn’t happen overnight, we can be part of the progress and motivate/unite our friends, family, colleagues and communities to think, act, and be gender inclusive.
At Questmark, we’re lucky enough to have lot’s of brilliant women working within all departments of the company. We’ve been asking a few of them a series of questions, and we’re excited to showcase their answers with you!
International Women’s Day Questions
What is your role within Questmark?
Jodie: Operations Manager & Company Secretary for Questmark
Jill: “Group Head of Finance & HR”
What made you want to work within your role?
Jodie: I like being bossy, sorry that should be assertive as men are never bossy 😉
Jill: “I have worked within Finance for about 25 years, I was in retail and then my ‘then’ husband started his own business and I worked as his accountant, and here I am 25 odd years later”
How long have you worked at Questmark?
Jodie: 8 Years, I came temporarily to earn some pennies as I was going to go to uni to qualify as an architect!
Jill: “Since 15th January 2018″
What’s your favourite thing about working at Questmark
Jodie: “I like the collaboration and being part of a bigger team with more resources working within the group. I love the team within Questmark, everyone works together to provide their best to the customer.”
Jill: “Every day is different, we are growing at such a phenomenal rate, we are introducing procedures which helps smooth out the challenges – I am loving being part of the solution”
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Jodie: “I have worked my way from the ground up whilst juggling college, night school and family”
Jill: “Passing my ACCA while working full time, having a small daughter and house to run, I was studying with much younger students who’s parents did everything for them whereas I still had that to do as well as studying, and being nominated as New Accountant of the Year in 2014”
Who/what has been your greatest influence?
Jodie: “My mother, she trained as a nurse at 18 and went back to Uni when I was a teenager and got a degree in Accountancy & Law and then qualified as an accountant. She had many obstacles and taught me to be slightly selfish and always have your own goals separate to home and family life.”
Jill: “firstly my father who taught me to stand on my own two feet and have confidence in myself but knowing that he was always there to support and love me, also that all people are created equal – He was Sid Standard and then secondly a few years ago I had the chance to work with a lovely lady who was a business coach called Paula Finch and again her message was ‘Believe in yourself’”
What’s the best advice you have received in business?
Jodie: “Everyday is a learning day.”
Jill: “I have always lived by the saying be true to yourself – if you can do that you will always sleep easy”
Over your working life, have you noticed or personally experienced any changes in attitude towards women in business/your industry?
Jodie: “There’s more focus on empowering women in the workplace however I believe to be fully equal there should be no focus on gender within the workplace at all, it should never be an issue.”
Jill: “Definitely, probably because I am older than most here at Xuper/Questmark but when I first started work my manager would line us up and inspect what our hair & makeup looked like and what we were wearing before the store opened – that was at John Lewis (Jessops) in 1983”
If you would like more information on International Women’s Day and the Press For Progress campaign, you can visit the official website here.