This year Ammeon celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting a virtual event with Toju Duke, AI Program Manager for EMEA with Google as our guest speaker. Toju spoke about the gender divide challenge facing organisations especially those in Technology, where the ratio of men to women is approximately 70:30. She also shared some of the challenges she faced as a woman working in a multinational tech company. We’d like to thank Toju for taking time out to speak to us on International Women’s Day
We also gave the opportunity to all employees to honour a woman they admire. We opened up a company communications channel so everyone can share the story and achievements of a woman they admire. Here are some of the women we chose to admire and celebrate:
Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer, an author, and a teacher. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first woman to ascend the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on every continent. Tabei wrote seven books, organized environmental projects to clean up rubbish left behind by climbers on Everest, and led annual climbs up Mount Fuji for youth affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. An astronomer had named asteroid 6897 Tabei after her and in 2019, a mountain range on Pluto was named Tabei Montes in her honour. She famously said “I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest,” “It’s only a mountain.”
Rowena Cade. In the 1920s she discovered and bought the Minack Headland in Cornwall for £100 and made it her life’s work to create an open-air theatre. No JCBs or excavator’s back then – all by hand and she was still working on it into her 80s. The theatre is carved into the granite cliffs at Porthcurno just a few miles from Land’s End.
Captain Samantha Cristoforetti, is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, former Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours), and until June 2017 held the record for the longest single space flight by a woman until this was broken by Peggy Whitson and later by Christina Koch. She is also the first Italian woman in space. She is scheduled to return to the ISS in 2022.
Fiona Plunkett was an Irish activist involved in the organisation of the Easter 1916 Rising and a leading member of Cumann na mBan. As a young girl, she was part of the group of women that provided food relief to the workers affected by the 1913 Dublin Lock-out. She was later imprisoned during the Irish Civil War and remained politically active for many years thereafter. Build knowledge of the various agile methodologies within the organization and learn why an organization or team would choose one over another.
While there is no doubt that there is plenty of work to be done on the road to Equality, there is so much we can all do to help in moving the movement forward. Use #IWD2021 and use your voice to support those who don’t. #ChooseToChallenge
About International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day was created, as a global celebration to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, fundraise for female-focused charities and raise awareness about women’s equality.