For International Women’s Day 2022, we spoke with some of the inspiring women across British Land neighbourhoods to talk equality, proud moments and what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
We spoke to Paddington Central’s Charlotte about the things she’s most proud of, advice she’d give her younger self and the women who inspire her (“Jess Phillips MP (Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding) who campaigns relentlessly for the safety of women). Talking about International Women’s Day, Charlotte feels there’s a long way to go in terms of equality: “From gender pay gaps, to the images portrayed by the media and the opportunities available to us as women.”
Tell us about yourself
I’m Charlotte Gilliland, a Property Manager at Paddington Central.
What is your proudest moment?
Watching my mum perform on the West End Stage and my sister receiving her engineering degree #myfemalerolemodels
What advice would you give your younger self?
Trust your instinct and slow down!
Tell me something that not many people know about you?
I lived in the USA for 12 months when I was 21 years old, providing full time childcare to my little brother and sister
Is there a woman now or in history who’s inspired you?
Jess Phillips MP (Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding) who campaigns relentlessly for the safety of women.
What has the global pandemic taught you about yourself?
I like my own company but I also need real-life human connection.
What is your view on equality of the sexes?
There is still a long way to go, from gender pay gaps, to the images portrayed by the media and the opportunities available to us as women.
How do you celebrate IWD?
By having meaningful conversations with others about their own life experience as a woman or about women they know.
What does IWD mean to you?
It makes us stop, think and recognise those women who have paved the way for us and is also an opportunity to highlight the areas that still need to change!