International Women’s Day means various things for women around the globe. What it means to be a woman, empowerment, equality, pride, women’s history, achievements and community are some of the things that are recognised and celebrated today. Here at Surge, we have a fantastic team of women who should be celebrated too. So, as a fun way to participate in the day, the Surge women have answered some insightful questions about International Women’s Day.
Gemma – Marketing Manager
IWD’s theme this year is Balance. Tell us about a time when your balance let you down? When trying to walk drunk in high heels.
Which women did you look up to most growing up? Spice girls. #girlpower
Have you ever been discriminated against for being a woman? There are a number of times male directors of companies will disregard me and want to speak to a male in the company.
What’s the most empowered thing you’ve done? Bought a house.
Hypothetically (unless you know someone famous), if you could bring a famous woman friend to work day, who would it be? Maya Jama.
Is there anything you think men should understand about being a female? Without us is the end of humanity.
Sophie – Marketing Coordinator
Which woman would you most like to meet, dead or alive? Maybe Lorde. I love her music and she seems so nice.
Which women are you most inspired by, both globally and locally? Locally, I would look to some of my friends and family members who are just amazing. Globally, I feel that Jameela Jamil is doing great things for females. She campaigns for body positivity, and is totally outspoken about most issues women face.
How do you feel Surge supports you? Everyone is treated equally here and encouraged to speak their mind, which is what you want in a workplace really!
What does International Women’s day mean to you? It reminds me of how far we’ve come over time to treat men and women equally, and it’s also a great excuse to celebrate all the fantastic women in the world!
Favourite woman power song? ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt or ‘Somebody’ by Dream Wife.
If you could be any woman in the world for a day, who would you be? And what would you do? I’d be Ellie from Wolf Alice and hopefully it’d be on the day they played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury!
Charlotte – Marketing Coordinator
Which woman would you most like to meet, dead or alive? Charlotte Bronte.
Which women are you most inspired by, both globally and locally?
Shauna Coxsey (a rock climber) and Malala Yousafzai.
What women made the most impact on your life growing up?
My mum and my sister.
What taboos regarding women do you most want broken?
That they’re worse than men at certain sports, like rugby.
Have you ever been discriminated against for being a woman? Yes, especially in athletics.
Do you feel like a valued team member at Surge and why? Yes, because we work like cogs together in a machine.
Chelsea – Bid Manager
What does International Women’s day mean to you? To me, it’s a day to appreciate all women of the world! A day to recognise how far we’ve come with equality but also how far we still have to go before discrimination is a thing of the past.
If you could be any woman in the world for a day, who would you be? And what would you do? Gal Gadot! No idea what I’d do but I’d love to be her!
If you could broadcast one message across every TV channel and radio in the world and have it translated into the countries language, what would you say? People of the world, unite! Let’s end all forms of discrimination now and work together to make the world a better place for everyone!
If you organised a parade for the day, what woman would be on the main float? My mam.
IWD’s theme this year is Balance, tell us about a time when your balance let you down? I fall over all of the time… I’m easily unbalanced, especially after a drink!
Favourite woman power song? Alicia Keys – This Girl Is On Fire
Diane Taylor – Office Manager
Favourite woman athlete? Serena Williams.
What area within society do you believe needs extra work for achieving equal rights for women? Religion.
What women are you most inspired by, both globally and locally? Michelle Obama.
Favourite woman power song? I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
What area within your job role at Surge do you most like? Credit Control.
If you organised a parade for the day, what woman would be on the main float? Lady Gaga.
Shona – Junior Graphic Designer
Shona currently isn’t in the office today to take part in our questions. However, we can certainly say she is making the most of International Women’s Day, feeling empowered on the ski slopes in Poland!