BAWE members Hilary Farnworth, Patricia Rochford and I, Sue Scott-Horne were invited to a very good day representing BAWE at the high profile Votes 100 Women in Biz Summit organised by City and Financial Conference’s; held at The Royal Garden Hotel. It was extremely interesting and the speakers were very good, including Sophie, The Countess of Wessex who I was able to talk to about BAWE and my own Let’s Get Talking Charity. Her favourite song is ‘Sisters are doing it for themselves’ very poignant for the day!
The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP – The Chief Secretary to the Treasury spoke on Money, Women and Power, we learnt much about key developments over the last 100 years, how female leadership has changed over the last century, why a gender diverse workforce is vital for increasing productivity, innovation in businesses across the country; the gender pay gap, equality work to close the gap and new Gender pay gap reporting at the Government Equality Office, women and Technology, women in Engineering, the Suffragette movement, at last a lovely new statue is up of Millicent Fawcett one of the first Suffragists, in Parliament Square. Dr Helen Pankhurst the great granddaughter of Suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst spoke well; she has a new book out called ‘Deeds Not Words’ that may interest some of you.
There was much more, as lots spoken about, a good lunch and refreshments. It’s so good for BAWE members to attend these events, as the networking, meeting great women, doing great things; is a good opportunity for us representing our prestigious Association. Talking about BAWE and the benefits of being a member, which we did!!