Celebrating International Women’s Day: Embrace Equity
It’s International Women’s Day and we want to celebrate the women who work here at Micrometric.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day provides a useful opportunity to reinforce the fact that everyone has a role to play in forging a more gender-balanced world.
The theme this year is Embrace Equity. Equity means creating an inclusive world, not just a level playing field for all.
The difference between equity and equality is important to understand, acknowledge and value. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognises that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. Often, women require more than just a level playing field in and out of the workplace. To tackle equity, people need to understand the root causes of outcome imbalances in society.
We employ five women across the shop floor, engineering, in the office and in a senior role – two of whom are among the longest serving employees at Micrometric. Our engineer got a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering and is brilliant at tackling any challenges the team face. One of the other members of our team is currently studying for her degree.
Chris Waters, Commercial Director, said: “We embrace and encourage equal opportunities for women and men at Micrometric and promote on competence. There is no pay gap. Our Finance Director is a woman, and we are small enough to review and ensure there isn’t a pay gap.”
Amy Lewis became a Project Engineer at Micrometric after graduating from the University of Lincoln in October 2021. Amy would like to encourage other women considering a career in engineering.
She said: “Don’t be put off by the idea of feeling out of place. The prospect can be daunting at first, but the team here have been incredibly supportive and have provided equal opportunities for me. If it’s something that you feel passionate about, simply do it!”
We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Through the process of equity, we can reach equality.
On the topic of equality, the rise of women is not about the fall of men. Collectively, everyone everywhere can strive for women's equality and continue to make positive gains. International Men’s Day is on 19th November with the theme of Zero Male Suicide.
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