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Stirling event celebrates women in business

Carol Smillie

Stirling's celebration of International Women’s Day continues with an event celebrating women in business on Tuesday 10 March.

At ‘Generation W – Celebrating Women in Business’, a panel discussion will comprise Carol Smillie, TV personality and Diary Doll co-founder, Ann-Maree Morrison of Labels4Kids, Hinda Miller, co-inventor of the world’s first sports bra, and Rachel Gunn of The Butterscotch Bakery.

The quartet will share their experiences and address the challenges they face in business. The event has been organised by the University of Stirling Management School, in partnership with the Institute of Directors, Sporting Chance Initiative and OneStirling.

Following this, Jocelyn Bell Burnell - astronomist and campaigner for improved status for women in science - will deliver a keynote speech on Thursday 19 March, discussing the routes to success for women in academia. On the same platform, Professors Christine Maggs and Cathy Craig from Queen’s University Belfast will share how they achieved gold Athena SWAN standard in gender equality for their Schools.

Professor Sharon Bolton, the University of Stirling’s Dean of Equality and Diversity and Head of the Management School, will introduce both events.

Professor Bolton said: “As a University we firmly believe in equality for all, which is exemplified through our new OneStirling initiative, applicable across all of our activities. Our commitment to the Athena SWAN charter, to advance the careers of women in science, has been recognised with a national award. At the Management School, we strive to embed the principles of responsible management in our practice and pedagogy, such as equality and diversity in corporate management.

“We are delighted to welcome to our campus high profile, high flying figures in public life, business and the academy, whose successes and achievements span the local and global stage. These special events, tying in with International Women’s Day, serve to both spotlight achievement, and to encourage others on their own professional journeys.”

The two events follow on from last week's ‘Women in Politics: Reflections on the referendum and beyond’ event. Labour MP Anne McGuire, Councillor and Scottish Green Party co-convenor Maggie Chapman, the Electoral Reform Society’s Juliet Swann, Engender’s Emma Ritch, and Carolyn Leckie from Women for Independence led an interactive discussion on what difference the independence referendum made to women’s participation in Scottish political life, and how to overcome barriers to involvement in the public civic and political sphere.

The event was part of the annual ‘Women in Public Life’ lecture series held by the University’s Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, co-hosted with the multi-institutional Centre on Constitutional Change.


Esther Hutcheson
Communications Officer
01786 466 640