International Women's Day

March 4th, 2022

Written by Katy Maude

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." - Michelle Obama

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate each other and reflect on how far we have come. As a woman I am proud of the progress that has been made over recent years, to lessen the inequality between the genders.

Emily Davison made history when she threw herself in front of the King’s horse at Epsom Derby, to protest against women’s suffrage. Emily’s belief, in the equal rights for women, were so important to her that she risked her life in the hope for change. Emily died from her injuries four days later on the 8 th June 1913. Five years after her death, over 8 million women were given the parliamentary vote and 50 years after Emily’s death (June 1963) the first women travelled to space. Events such as this has helped give women the freedom of choice that we have today.

In the workplace, there are more and more women in senior roles, who are in some cases, working alongside a workforce of predominantly men. Women now have the choice to be who they want to be and do what they choose to do. May this be starting a family, pursuing their dream career, or a mix of the two, we continue to remain powerful and in control of our own lives.

Although the fight for equality continues, it is important to highlight the breakthroughs we have accomplished over the years. 50 years ago, it was commonplace for women to have children and stay at home. Fast-forward to 2022 and the female employment rate has now increased to 71.8%. Here at ACS, our women employees are integral to our success. Over half of our employees are women, and we buck the national trend as we have more women in senior management positions than men!

Meet some of our wonderful women at ACS...

“A lot has changed for women in business over the past 3 decades (showing my age now!) I would say more females are in leadership roles than previous decades and the pay gap is definitely closing.”

- Michelle White, Managed Print Director

“ACS has always supported me with being able to finish a little bit earlier 2 days a week so I can be a mummy! It has meant the world to me, and I fully appreciate the support.”

- Sacha Jones, Sales Director

“I’m fortunate to have always worked in very female oriented environments. Since I was 21 (I’m now 36) I have only had female Managers and I feel proud that in both work and personal life I have been surrounded by such strong, inspirational women. Raising a daughter, it’s particularly important to me to show her that if she works hard, she can do anything she puts her mind to.”

- Emily Edwards-Whitley, Marketing & Events Manager

“The number of women in more senior positions has increased in the places I’ve worked over the years. When I started working (18yrs ago) the majority of CEOs/Board Members and Senior Management teams tended to be dominated by men, and the women that did make it to these positions often didn’t have families. So, as a young woman at work, it felt like you had a choice to either progress in your career or put your career on the back burner and start a family. Fast forward 15yrs and I think it is more widely accepted that women can progress at work and still have time to have a family.”

- Vikki Lunn, Head of Digital

“ACS offers flexibility for mums, (I work a 4-day week) since I had my little boy who’s only 3. I treasure every Friday I get to spend with him and makes me feel less guilty shipping him off to nursery on other days. It can be tough to find balance, so flexibility is really important.”

- Vicky Kkais, Sales Manager

“The industry I work in was very male dominated when I moved into it, especially the IT side. But more and more women are coming into the industry in senior positions which is great to see.”

- Elizabeth Stevenson, Strategic Director