For International Women’s Day 2022, we spoke with some of the inspiring women across British Land neighbourhoods to talk equality, proud moments and what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
Caz Pease is Senior Office Manager at Tractable, an AI company that’s coming to Broadwalk House in April. We spoke to her about her female role model – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, how the treatment of women has changed since she first started working in the 90s and why IWD is so meaningful to her: “For me, it's about providing the space and the platform for women to ensure they are heard and celebrated. It's also an opportunity for us to reflect on our own achievements as women. We're pretty amazing and we should remember just how much we do that goes unrecognised.”
Tell me about yourself
I'm Caz Pease, Senior Office Manager at Tractable; an amazing AI company coming to Broadwalk House in April.
What is your proudest moment?
It was during lockdown and I took up a course on Aromatherapy that was the equivalent of an A-Level. I passed it within six months with a distinction of 99.23%! Having been told all my academic life that I wasn't capable, this was a huge achievement for me.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You can achieve whatever you put your mind to, don't let anyone else tell you that you can't. Don't be afraid to fail, or say no.
Tell me something that not many people know about you?
I'm studying hypnotherapy.
Is there a woman now or in history that has inspired you?
There are so many inspirational women; Ruth Bader Ginsburg was incredible. She went through law school balancing motherhood and studies, and when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she even took notes for him while she continued her studies. She's the perfect example of "She believed she could and she did".
What has the global pandemic taught you about yourself?
I am far cleverer and more resilient than I thought. Also, I can watch an extraordinary amount of Netflix in one day!
What is your view on equality of the sexes?
Women should absolutely have equal and fair access to the same jobs, opportunities and resources as men. Our gender should not dictate how much we get paid or whether or not we get a job or how we are treated by society. There's a long way to go, but we are having more conversations about this and we have advanced since I started work in the 90s. So many things I experienced back then wouldn't fly now, which is great, and I hope that we continue to make more of those positive changes.
How do you celebrate IWD?
By sharing the stories of great women whose achievements may not be known or remembered. I also like to send my fellow women friends uplifting messages to remind them of how fantastic they are.
What does IWD mean to you?
For me, it's about providing the space and the platform for women to ensure they are heard and celebrated. It's also an opportunity for us to reflect on our own achievements as women. We're pretty amazing and we should remember just how much we do that goes unrecognised.