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IWD #breakthebias

Today we celebrate International Women’s day, a day to recognise the great achievements of women around the world, past and present.

At SilverRail we believe in true equality and inclusion, ensuring each and every individual is recognised, heard and supported to attain greatness!

We asked some of the women powering rail at SilverRail a bit about what International Women’s day means to them and how society can continue to #breakthebias.

Here’s what they had to say:

For me, International Women’s Day is about recognising and celebrating the achievements of women around the world, not just the big wins that we hear about in the media etc but also the small achievements in our everyday lives. It is also about recognising that we still have a way to go, and we need to raise awareness about the benefits of equality, inclusivity and diversity in our ever-changing world.

Lucy Quinn, Manager of Financial Control

I think it is important to acknowledge that bias is part of our humane experience and we all have it to some extent. Starting with the self, usually works. When it comes to bias or any other form of antagonism, I learned that staying away from the “other” and focusing on the self tends to work.

Roxana Diaconescu, CTO

We should be proud of our identity and never be afraid to own it, instead embrace it with confidence and courage.
I strongly believe it should start from the roots. Educating children on gender equality and rights plays a major role in building the future generations. Always encourage the girls to be bold, independent and take risks.
Build an inclusive work environment where women are not afraid to speak their mind.
Inspire and celebrate each other – when women support each other incredible things happen.

Prathyusha Vemu, Quality Engineer

When my grandmother, born in 1916, participated in cycling competitions as a 20- year-old, many were horrified that she had trousers and a bicycle with a buck handlebar instead of a skirt and a regular women’s bicycle. She was a fantastic, stubborn and curious woman and didn´t let anything stop her! 

She was also one of the few female taxidrivers in Stockholm in the 1950’s, how cool is that!

Linda Branäng, Portfolio Manager

My favourite quotes that represent female empowerment are; “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson.

“Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was crooked”

Juliette Thorpe, Senior Director Commercial

By continuing to challenge gender stereotypes, discrimination and keep speaking up. Remember that it’s ok to take up space and have a voice. Differences should be celebrated, valued and be appreciated.

Harriet Berwick, Senior UK Product Manager

We are incredibly proud and inspired by all the strong, resilient and powerful women working at SilverRail!

To join our great team, check out our latest openings here.