One half of our fabulous interns, we interview Events Management student Beth McDuff for our week-long celebration of International Women's Day.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It means unity, reciprocity and celebration. A day where women can come together and celebrate all achievement and obstacles overcome. I know it didn’t start that way and there’s still a lot of struggling in many parts of the world but I think there should be a strong emphasis on celebration.
As a woman in Events what are your thoughts on it as an industry for women?
I’m a baby to the events industry, but from what I’ve experienced so far it is pretty equal. I’ve never once had my opinion belittled or ignored based on my gender, everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with so far has always been so supportive and teams come together to get the job done. It is a great industry to be in regardless of gender.
What are the best bits relating to your role and career to date?
All the friendships I have developed with people of both genders and all ages/backgrounds. This industry is so supportive and has such strong camaraderie - I think that’s pretty special.
What advice would you give your younger self as you started to navigate your career?
Don’t let petty comments or unjust scenarios get to you. You don’t need to prove a point to anyone but yourself, so rise above it and focus on you and what you want to achieve.
What would your hopes be for Women and specifically around the theme of Parity in the future?
From a western point of view for job titles and earning to be based on talent not gender. From a worldwide pov for women to have the same rights as men across the board.
Which women past or present, known or unknown, industry related or wider do you most admire?
This was a tricky one. I’ve always had very strong morals and am not afraid to stand up and say ‘I’m a feminist’ despite the bad connotations that seem to attach themselves to that word, but there is no one person I can think of who influenced those opinions.
It’s diverting from the question slightly but who I admire the most is my parents, for allowing me to formulate my own ideas and opinions, encouraging me to read, listening to my thoughts, openly debating with me and forever inspiring and feeding my mind and soul.