International Women’s Day 2019

Women make up 43% of the staff in Community Greenspace. We represent Greenspace Rangers, Nursery Managers, Chargehands, Coordinators, Project Officers, Team Leaders, Landscape Architects and Policy Officers.

Today we have been celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 by taking stock of how we feel about our roles in the team and what inspires us to do the jobs we do. We have reflected on…

 What International Women’s Day means to us:

A world platform which publicise the achievements and inequalities of women in the past and in today’s society

A  chance to highlight issues of concern to women and celebrate being a women.

Reflecting on being a mother to two amazing young women and how much my own mum and grandmother influenced me.

What it means to be a women working in this sector:

I have never considered it either an advantage or disadvantage, I enjoy working with male and female colleagues equally.

In the 40 years I have been in this sector I have witnessed a significant step forward in equality  for women.  Although there is still a long way to go before the scales are balanced.

I feel proud to be succeeding in this sector, I have faced sexism in previous roles, but not with PKC.  I truly feel that I am valued as a person and employee.

Which women inspire us (locally and global):

A local woman Janet Porter (nee Stephen) from New Alyth.  Single working mums is not a new thing this has been going on for a long time. This women went to work in Edinburgh in the late 1830’s this was the only way she could provide for her family. She was a pioneer of her time working closely with James Syme, Joseph Lister and Florence Nightingale and like so many women she is forgotten in the mist of time due to gender and class. (W E Henley wrote a poem about her ‘Nurse Old Style’)

I am always very impressed by people who work hard for their community as volunteers and have noticed that some people take on many roles and are good at them all. I can think of several people in my own community who have played a variety of really useful roles representing others and making the community better over long periods of time and continue to do so. I have noticed that it’s the busiest people who go the extra mile to help others and they are really impressive.

My mum.  A survivor, a champion and a brilliant role model.  My mum taught me not to be afraid to get muddy and that I should travel, explore and crucially enjoy my journey through life.