8th March is International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme for this year is “Balance for better”, marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world, and it’s up to all of us to build a gender-balanced world. Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …

As a woman, business owner, and single parent to a 10-year-old daughter, creating a fair and equal environment where women can aspire and achieve and developing the role of women in society is incredibly important to me.

After working full-time in corporate environment since my daughter was a baby, one of the reasons I decided to become self-employed was that I no longer wanted to have to fit my daughter around my working life – I wanted to fit my working life around her and be present to support her when she needed me. Having now run my own business successfully for three years, I am proud of what I have achieved, and that I can show her that it’s possible to be a single parent, a business owner, and build my career and life on my own terms.

Since becoming self-employed three years ago, I have met an amazing, supportive and fabulous network of women who are my support system and who endlessly inspire and challenge me.

These are some of the organisations I love in Liverpool:

  • The Women’s Organisation is the largest developer and deliverer of training and support targeting women in the UK. They work to empower women to reach their full potential by giving them the support they need to achieve, enabling them to change their life for the better. I’m a member of their Business Club and have made some amazing friends through attending their events, which are wonderfully supportive and informative (as well as lots of fun).
  • WIBN is a network of business women who help, support and challenge each other, and I find their support for my business invaluable. I’ve been a member of WIBN for 2 years now and have built some amazing relationships  both in my group and others within the North-West.
  • Liverpool Ladies Network is a not-for-profit business network for professional women working within Liverpool and the City Region, whose purpose is to provide a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment where like-minded women can meet new contacts, build new relationships and develop new business within Merseyside. They hold lovely lunches (and a wine club) five times a year.
  • Innovate Her equip girls aged 12-16 with the self-belief, confidence and skills to pursue a career in technology through their educational programme, whilst working with digital and tech companies to create inclusive workplaces for them to work within.

If you’re based in Liverpool, check these networks out! By working together, we can create a more balanced world for everyone.

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