International Women's Day 2021: "Choose to Challenge"

08 Mar 2021

A significant day that celebrates ‘the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women’ whilst also calling for equality – where men and women are treated as equal.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is as important as ever for future generations. Today signifies that it has been over 100 years since the first gathering held in 1911 where people rallied together campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.

The theme for this year is #ChooseToChallenge with people from around the world posting pictures holding their hand up high to show their support and solidarity for IWD.

On the International Women’s Day website, it says: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

“We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

“From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.”

New College Swindon will be celebrating the achievements of its students, both past and present, as well as their staff across the college’s social media channels.

Principal and CEO of New College, Carole Kitching, who has accomplished many remarkable milestones in her career, was interviewed by Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group for their IWD publication.

Carole said: “I always wanted to be able to ‘make a difference’ and as a Principal I am extremely privileged to be able to ensure that everyone who works at the College is making a difference for our students.”

When asked about what advice she would give to inspire the next generation of women who seek to reach a similar position in her sector?

Carole added: “Believe in yourself and you will soon find that other people believe in you too. Don’t be afraid to do things differently; there is rarely only one way to do something. You’ll need to develop good business skills to be a Principal; you are running a major business after all. But never lose your passion for education. Education is the most powerful tool you can give people to transform their lives and achieve their ambitions.”

To read Carole’s full interview click here.