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WOMEN: GENDER DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY


Gender equality: Everyone should feel equal

By Eithne Harley, Senior Manager, Accenture, Dublin
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"I’ve always had a passion for gender equality, and it really bothers me that we still have so far to go."

When I was a little girl, my mom and dad went their separate ways. I grew up with my mom. She was an amazing parent. She encouraged me to keep in touch with my dad, which I did, right until the end of his life. She taught me to be open-minded, to forge strong relationships and not to judge. My dad, who became an advocate for worker equality, showed me the way to work with people, to effect change.

I’ve always had a passion for gender equality, and it really bothers me that we still have so far to go. But what encourages me and gives me energy to keep going, to effect change, is the huge upsurge in activity by men and by women to address gender equality.

At Accenture, I feel privileged to run one of our largest International Women’s Day events. These events are important. If they inspire one person or organization to address their unconscious bias, we’re making a difference.

It’s only when you’re in the minority, as women leaders are, that you truly know what it’s like to check yourself every day. Nobody should have to check themselves any day. Everyone should feel equal.

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