International Women’s Day offers us all the opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This year, the day calls for us to accelerate towards gender balance, with the theme #BalanceforBetter.
We know that balance drives a better working world. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we’re entering an exciting social era where the world expects gender balance. We notice its absence, and we celebrate its presence.
"Here at AGL, we are proud of our diverse and inclusive culture. We know that greater diversity – not just in terms of gender, but also across culture, experience and education – inspires better conversation, greater innovation, and better business outcomes."
Our journey towards achieving gender balance has not always been easy. In technology, as well as other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, many women over the course of their careers have felt outnumbered, and often as though they are the only woman in the room.
That is why we are focused on removing common barriers for women pursuing their goals and advancing their careers, to ensure traditional gender roles remain a thing of the past. One of the ways we have achieved this is through introducing flexible work arrangements for all our people.
Ahead of International Women's Day on Friday 8 March, we caught up with some of our inspiring women in STEM across the business, who reflected on their personal journeys and why gender balance is important to them.
“#BalanceforBetter is about making sure the youth of today know they’re not confined to certain occupations because of their gender. They will know nothing is off the table – that they, too, can be an electrician if they want to be.” - Mel Street, Hydro Operator Technician (Eildon)