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"Who run the world? Girls!" How women are embracing leadership and removing stigmas around menopause

8th Mar 2023
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Today marks International Women’s Day and to celebrate, we’re looking at extraordinary women who are shattering that glass ceiling and helping to build a bolder, brighter future. This year’s all about #embraceequity, focusing on creating an even playing field where everyone has access to what they need. 

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Women have helped shape our industry into what it is today and show us that anything is possible with enough determination and dedication. One statistic that stood out to us in particular was that women made up 16% of CFOs last year, compared to just 6.3% in 2004. But even in 2023, there are still systemic challenges facing women in building the career they deserve. At Bright, we’re committed to giving our women the flexibility and support they need to create an equitable workplace. 

Women in leadership at Bright 

There are many inspiring women in leadership roles across the accounting industry, providing a platform to raise awareness of important issues such as gender equality, diversity and inclusion. These women have worked hard to overcome systemic barriers and are paving the way for future generations. By setting examples of excellence and embodying a spirit of resilience, these leaders demonstrate the power of perseverance, collaboration and an unwavering commitment to success. 

One of these is our Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Bennett. Karen has been working for Bright since 2014. She has worked in different industries throughout her career, being a retail manager for almost 10 years before going back to college to pursue a career in marketing. 

It’s important that all managers inspire, engage, and encourage their team. This is what I strive for. As a female manager, I’m very privileged to work for a company that recognises and promotes these values for both men and women equally. Females in any workplace should never underestimate what they are capable of achieving."

I think it's really important to think bigger picture, to understand what you're doing and why you're doing what you're doing. What the impact of that in terms of your own contribution to the business – that's what really gets me excited and passionate about what I do.”

- Karen Bennett

Removing the stigma around menopause 

Menopause has traditionally been a taboo topic, resulting in a horrid amount of misconception, shame and isolation across the globe. Here at Bright, we offer a menopause policy to ensure that those who are going through the menopause have access to helpful and supportive tools, with a workspace that works for them rather than against them. 

The HSE have further information on their website on things you can do to manage menopause symptoms. Some of which include: 

  • Eating calcium-rich food to keep your bones healthy 

  • Exercising regularly 

  • Getting plenty of rest and keeping to regular sleep routines 

  • Talking to other people who are also going through the menopause 

Gov.ie also have some helpful tips on how to support a loved one through menopause. Here are some of key points. 

  • Informing yourself more about menopause to better understand those going through it 

  • Letting those close to you that you’re there to listen 

  • Encouraging them to continue with activities, especially those that manage their symptoms – like walking, yoga or swimming. Offer to accompany them to support them 

Committed to doing more 

Here at Bright, 39% of our management team are women. While we’re proud that this figure is above the national average of 26% of women working in tech in the UK, we still have a lot of work to do. We’re working hard to support women by offering them a space to share their voice, health insurance plans, and much more. Let’s work together to continue creating space for women in the workforce and beyond. 

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eleanor vaughey  Written by Eleanor Vaughey | Bright

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