International Women's Day

Today we celebrate #IWD2018

At Bain and Gray we are celebrating International Women’s Day! As a strong team of wonderful women, we take this day very seriously. Our founders Emily Bain and Claire Gray set up Bain and Gray after not having a way to work and spend the right amount of time raising their children. Together they supported one another to build a company whereby they could successfully balance both. As a result, Bain and Gray is a market leader in secretarial recruitment with a truly amazing team of women. The ethos and the foundations of the company have led to this. The idea of women supporting one another and raising each other up is a big part of the reason why Bain and Gray is so successful and why our lovely candidates and clients always return.

A particular instance I have really felt this was during the annual Bain and Gray wellness week. One of the activities comprised of each member of staff having a envelope and every member of staff writing a on piece of paper something nice about that person and putting it in their envelope. What was truly lovely was how each page was filled with lovely comments, it wasn’t just something nice, it was many many nice, encouraging and thoughtful words. For me this really exemplified the support and admiration the team have for one another and how supporting one another can only ever be positive. I think we should all take this idea an implement in every aspect of our lives. 

With that in mind, a little history of the origin of National Women’s Day:

International Women's Day grew out of the labour movement to become a UN-recognised annual event.

The seeds of it were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. It was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman's Day, a year later. The idea to then make the day international came from a woman called Clara Zetkin. She suggested the idea in 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women there, from 17 countries, and they agreed unanimously.

It was first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011, so this year we're technically celebrating the 107th International Women's Day.