After covering the key themes, Tracy introduced two impressive speakers: Baroness Ruth Hunt, co-founder of Deeds & Words, and former chief executive of Stonewall and Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to share their views.
In an entertaining and engaging speech, Ruth Hunt focussed on the intersectionality of tackling workplace discrimination and discrimination more broadly and highlighting that there wasn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to making society more harmonious and representative.
Rebecca Hilsenrath gave us insight into her own struggles of representation and the key work done by the EHRC on gender pay gaps, discrimination and harassment.
MP Gillian Keegan then went on to introduce the Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins MP. In her speech Gillian highlighted the importance of practical policies in the toolkit of the report, in particular shared parental leave and the qualities of flexible working (which the government are now proposing as “the rule rather than the exception”) in aiding women’s mental health and wellbeing.
Victoria raised the importance of the government’s strategy to “level up” the rest of the UK with London, which sees women as half the workforce and population, not as a fringe issue to tick boxes.