International Women’s day 2019 – Supporting gender equality in accountancy

Happy International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day is an opportunity to share the ICAEWs commitment to champion the role of women in the accountancy profession. Here are three ways in which ICAEW is actively supporting and celebrating female progress in the profession:

Centenary of female membership campaign

In May 2020 we will mark 100 years since ICAEW gained its first female member, Mary Harris Smith, who was also the first female chartered accountant in the world. As Fiona Wilkinson, our third female president, takes her office in June 2019, we will commence a year of celebrating progress towards gender equality in accountancy, leading up to May 2020. The centenary campaign will be a chance for members across the world to celebrate the achievements of female accountants and spark conversation about how we can work towards gender equality in business – in line with the IWD 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign.

For more details, watch this space.

Women in Leadership programme

ICAEW’s Women in Leadership (WIL) is a development programme open to women across practice, business and public sector who are aiming for senior management, partner or board roles. WIL’s core aim is to empower women to find a style of leadership that is already within them, and bring it powerfully to the fore, to help both the individual and the business they work in prosper. Through a finely-tuned programme which includes a strengths finder, peer learning, coaching and 360 feedback, women on WIL unlock confidence which was already within them and create a deep understanding of their goals and drivers in all aspects of their lives, as well as their careers.

To find out more information about WIL, please visit the WIL homepage.

Women in Finance networks

ICAEW runs a number of networks designed to support and inspire female chartered accountants across the world. In 2018 we were proud to add two new networks to our range. The Women in EU Finance Network, run by ICAEW Europe, brings together professionals from different levels of seniority to share success stories, discuss persistent challenges and help drive change by strengthening the connections between women working in financial services in Brussels and beyond.  Our Greater China team also set up a network for female professionals, which held its first event in Beijing.

Diversity Community

Michael Izza’s blog to mark International Women’s Day 2019

Sharron’s interview with COBCOE