It was my pleasure to celebrate International Women’s Day this week. It has been 100 years since some women were first given the vote, and it’s important to mark the progress we’ve made since then, as well as looking forward to the challenges we still need to overcome.
On 6th March I was joined by a group of inspirational Tooting women in Parliament to discuss how we can ensure that we are fairly represented at work, in society and across the world. With guest speakers Stella Creasy MP and Alison McGovern MP, it was a day to celebrate the fabulous businesses, charities and other organisations that we have in Tooting who continue to champion local women.
I also had the pleasure of visiting Streatham and Clapham High School and Burntwood School, where I spoke to ambitious young women about the opportunities available and the importance of perseverance. I firmly believe that the only limits you have are the ones you place on yourself, and it was fantastic to see these young women take in that message.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate, but also to reflect, and I hope that on International Women’s Day 2019, we’ll have continued our progress towards a society that is fairer and more equal for all.