26 out of 34 members of the Hede Byrne & Hall team are women, that’s over 76% of the firm. Many of the women here are Solicitors, Senior Associate Lawyers, or hold unique positions such as Special Counsel or Partner/Director such as Waanda McCarthy and Kym Cavanagh. It’s no wonder a request for ‘cupcakes’ to celebrate International Women’s Day would not go unnoticed here!
International Women’s Day (IWD) started in around 1908 when 15,000 women demanding flexible hours, higher pay and voting rights marched through the heart of New York City.
In 1975 IWD was formally recognised by the United Nations and 2 years later the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to ensure member states would observe a day of the year in recognition of women’s rights.
However there is still a long way to go for women around the world. As of October 2018 nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day, and, as the World Bank reports, the burdens of poverty often fall heavily on women and children.
Hede Byrne & Hall Lawyers are equitable and inclusive employers. The firm has implemented anti-bullying and harassment measures and are also signatories to the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy. Women working here are entitled to enjoy a positive workplace culture, flexible working hours, and employment arrangements that accommodate changes in life circumstances such as further study, starting a family and/or other caring responsibilities.
So many reasons for women to celebrate with a cupcake in support of the global IWD movement.