For our last edition of Insight in 2020, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge how far we have come in regards to equality and diversity in both businesses and in society.
We may still have a long way to go, but speaking with Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyds of London, I believe we are definitely heading the right direction. She tells the story about how women were not even allowed to wear trousers when working in companies in London during the eighties. She also tells how she had to hide her relationship with another woman for several years because of judgements people would pass on her. Yet, her becoming the first female CEO of Lloyds 330-year history and her work towards creating more inclusion and diversity within the company, also shows that times have changed.
And when speaking about equality, let’s also remember that to create change, we have to invite both women and men into the debate. In this edition of Insight, I am thrilled to say that we have an interview with the award-winning author and journalist Liz Plank, who wrote the book For the Love of Men about the problems connected to masculinity, believing that men have to be engaged and involved when we are talking about equality. Considered as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in Gender Policy” by Apolitical, she was also named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30.
This year has been a difficult one for everyone. We are all hoping for a better 2021. We will be here, providing you with a new Insight each week to inspire you and engage you. I hope you will continue to follow our magazine and be a part of the movement for more equality and diversity.
All the best wishes from our SHE family to yours:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Editor in Chief
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