What Inclusion Means on International Women’s Day

A personal perspective on the theme of ‘Inspiring Inclusion’, from mmunic’s partner Teresa Carnall at TBC Marketing.

International Women’s Day (IWD) always makes me think about the women in my life and how they impact on me, and me on them.

With this year’s focus being inclusion, I’m going to talk about how having multiple groups of supportive females around me has been my saviour, especially in business.

In fact it was one of my close female business friends that first ‘alerted’ me to the fact that I may have ADHD through sending me over one of these online tests that seem to be all the rage at the moment.

It wasn’t just the results of the tests (once I did one, I did multiple, hoping for a different outcome that never came) that made me realise my thought processes are different to others, it was all those moments in my life when I felt totally misunderstood now making complete sense. 

From school reports with comments such as “Teresa displays a laziness and indifference to school life and in general finds it difficult to fit in.” To having multiple jobs with few lasting more than 12 months or so. Not because I wasn’t good at them. I’d get bored of them. 

So how have the women in my life helped me through this and made me feel included?

Close Support and Understanding

This is where I’ll give a huge shout out to the team at mmunic

Not only do they have a 100% female team, the majority of the team are also ‘neuro spicy’ (although I personally dislike that term, it does paint an accurate picture.)

This means that they are hugely supportive of my odd ways and bluntness and give me time to process conversations, that by the look on my face, have obviously confused me.

Charlotte Girow, the studio manager, is especially brilliant at this, often saying “Would you like more time before I continue?”

As someone with undiagnosed ADHD, this image accurately reflects how my head works sometimes.

Having this level of understanding around me means that I am far more likely to bring my A game to the table and continue to be engaged and passionate about my work with them. This works both ways of course. 

Having open conversations of what it’s like to have ADHD, or autism in a business world helps the whole team. Nothing is off the table and it also means that none of us need to put a ‘face on’ when we come into work, which is an absolute joy. 

Would men have this level of openness, honesty and understanding?  Doubtful.

This inclusive environment helps us all understand each other so much better and leads to a happy and supportive workplace.

International Women's Day - Inspiring inclusion

Inclusion on Social Media

For a space that is often frequented by keyboard warriors and bias opinions, I’ve definitely found my tribes on here.

The number of local and national groups that are specifically aimed at supporting women is heartwarming.

Groups like Women supporting Women – North Wales, Women in Marketing, Women Working together, Women who lift Weights, Female Entrepreneur Association, The Mothership – NetworkShe, Neurodiverse Entrepreneurs, Women Inspiring Women, the list goes on.

Speaking from experience each of these groups are filled with women supporting each other, whether in business, in fitness, at home, or in life in general.

They are predominantly non-judgemental and supportive to all women. 

They are safe spaces where you can share your fears, your hopes, your challenges and your wins. They give sound advice, motivation and understanding. They can also give no holds barred thoughts and opinions, which may not always be popular, will always be relevant. 

The women in these groups are incredible. Each one of them deserve to be applauded and recognised for helping provide a safe, inclusive space to women online.

But I suppose that’s why we have International Women’s Day isn’t it?

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