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08 March 2019

Inspiring the female workforce for IWD 2019

Women working for Cumbria County Council have shown their support of International Women’s Day by sharing their views on motivation, career obstacles and success.

Currently, 71% of the county council's workforce is female and there are more females than males in the most senior roles of the council at Chief Executive and Executive Director level.

International Women's Day gives us the opportunity to promote the importance of gender balance in the workforce, and celebrate being part of an organisation that encourages the progression of all genders, including women.

The Chief Executive asked the female workforce to consider these questions:
• What or who motivates you to do your best?
• What is the biggest career obstacle that you've overcome?
• What does success look like to you?

Women from throughout the whole organisation have taken part. Their responses have been inspiring (please see link to video in notes to editors.)

Cllr Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Organisational Change and People Management, said:

“To me success is having self-confidence and belief in myself. When I feel like I have done the right thing that gives me a really great sense of achievement.”

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, said:

“Serving the people I represent motivates me, and the desire to make a difference. Success to me is when I achieve something that is extremely challenging and manage to improve people's quality of life and keep local services going.”

Video of female officers and councillors - their views on motivation, career obstacles and achieving success - please follow this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cy9xZyfViU&feature=youtu.be


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Women working for Cumbria County Council have shown their support of International Women’s Day by sharing their views on motivation, career obstacles and success.