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International Women's Day

This year for International Women’s Day, we asked a selection of our female colleagues a few questions around this years theme of #BreakTheBias – here is what Lorna Braniff had to say…



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Imagine a gender equal world, what does that look like for you?

No double standards for women


Have you ever experienced a time where a male counterpart was praised over you on a shared project? How did that make you feel and how did you address this?

I had a previous role where my male manager had less experience than me. Our directors came to me to get projects done, not him. He made more money, had less work and less responsibility. When this was raised, they made me redundant within 2 weeks and kept him. It made me very angry.


Have you ever challenged gender stereotypes, discrimination and bias?

Yes - within friends, family and in the workplace.

It's important to point it out when it happens otherwise how can we change anything.


How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

In mainland Europe they give flowers to the women so that's what my partner will be doing to appreciate me.


Why is gender equality important?

Women are just as good as men. We play a vital role in society and it's important it's recognised.


Do you believe that gender equality in the workplace is improving?

I do but I also think we need to encourage women more. It's been proven that men often get paid more because they negotiate more - we need to teach young women in the workplace how to advocate for themselves.


If you could share a piece of advice to your younger self about your career, what would it be?

Stand up for yourself more.

If you see something unfair - challenge it. If it's embedded in the culture - move on and don't waste your time stressing about things you can't change and go somewhere you'll be appreciated.