International Women’s Week:

International Women’s Week:

Youth Ambassador Miah Whittle talks about the exciting things she got up to for this year’s #IWD2019.

Overall, I had the most inspiring and spectacular International Women’s Week!”

As I’m a Modern Muse Youth Ambassador journalist, I was lucky enough to attend the everywoman in Tech Forum on the 6th March 2019 at the Hilton Park Lane and I went to an amazing event at Superdrug’s head office on International Women’s Day.

2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Forum. London Hilton Park Lane. 6th March 2019.
Everyone got behind Modern Muse. (Photo by Steve Dunlop)

The Hilton Park Lane was picturesque and at the everywoman in Tech Forum, I had the chance to meet loads of empowering role models such as Jacqueline de Rojas President of Tech UK. She was leading a panel of blockchain* experts and members of her panel told me why blockchain is an exciting career for girls.

Blockchain Panel: Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco – Chair of the International Committee, Senior Regional Adviser, Africa, British Blockchain Association, Nkiru Uwaje – Blockchain Strategy Lead for UKI Enterprises, Dell Technologies, Troy Norcross – Co-Founder, Blockchain Rookies, Jessica Douglas – Executive Partner, UKI Blockchain Leader, IBM & Jacqueline de Rojas CBE – President, tech UK

Other female role models I met included Priya Guha (Chair of the Modern Muse Trustees and Venture Partner, Merian Ventures), Melanie Eusebe (Co-founder of the Black British Awards), Jacky Wright (Chief Digital and Information Officer HMRC), Dr Nicola Millard (A Psychologist and Head of Customer Insight and Futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team), Katie King (PhD student in Nanotechnology), Vanessa Okoh (Modern Muse Microsoft Team), Paula Kennedy (Vice President EMEA Markets, CEU, Concentrix) and so many more amazing women.

During the event, I interviewed these role models and found out their reasons for encouraging girls to pursue a career in tech – we’ll be sharing my videos soon.

Me with Jackie Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC

However, my highlight of the event was the Modern Muse panel and listening to my fellow Youth Ambassador Elizabeth speak words of wisdom.

Youth Ambassador, Elizabeth Babalola from Harris Academy shared what the future of work needs to look like for her fellow students.

This event also made me even more aware of these amazing women who are breaking through the glass ceiling challenging sexist stereotypes that are still prevalent for many girls.

I believe, that it is very important for girls to pursue a career in tech because only 17% of those working in technology in the UK are female and technology is one of the highest-growing industries in the UK.

As a result, the more girls that get into these careers will help to close the gender pay gap – on average women in the UK earn 17.9% less than men. Getting more women into well-paid jobs, sectors like tech, and leadership positions will help close the gap.

On International Women’s Day, I had the pleasure of accompanying Modern Muse Director, Donna Robertson to Superdrug’s IWD event at the state-of-the-art Superdrug Head Office in Croydon.

Not only was I astonished by the venue, but I was also surrounded by beautiful women. The panel was filled with influential women including, Dr Pixie Mckenna and TV presenter Aj Odudu.

The inspirational panel.

They spoke about various topics such as being a working mother, social media and sexism in the workplace. Their conversation made me reflect on what it is like to be a young woman and it made me realise how privileged I was to be able to be amongst a group of resilient women.

Once again, I was able to network with fabulous women such as Modern Muse partners at Superdrug, Gemma Mason, Helen Flaxman and Hannah Neumann, and Zaria Pinchbeck the founder of ZPR and her colleague Daisy Cleary.

Me with Muse, Gemma Mason
Head of Customer Experience & PR, Superdrug

This event really emphasised the theme, #BalanceForBetter and it was a great way to meet women who are willing to help raise each other up. The lively atmosphere was contagious, and I would like to thank Superdrug for such a life-changing event.

Me with Muse Zaria Pinchbeck and Daisy Cleary
from ZPR

Hear what Superdrug’s Head of Operations, Amy, said about what they are doing to support more women to pursue leadership roles. Inspiring words from the panel too.

This year’s International Women’s Week celebrations were truly inspirational and I believe that events like these are vital in exposing girls to female role models who are willing to support young girls. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to attend these events and I am really looking forward to many more alongside some of the other Modern Muse Youth Ambassadors.

Me with Year 12 students from Wilmington Grammar School

*To find out more about blockchain, IBM have put together a guide, click here.

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