International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March, takes place annually, globally pushing for gender parity and celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We asked Fine & Country agents what International Women's Day means to them:
In a traditionally male dominated industry, we’re proud to have so many determined and inspiring female estate agents at Fine & Country. Studies show that having more women in top roles leads to better performance, less risk and greater productivity in business. McKinsey’s Women Matter report reveals that more gender-diverse diverse companies, focusing on the top quartiles of executive roles, drive more prosperous operations than organisations without female senior management by an average of 56 per cent. Gender parity generates the optimal operational and societal success.
Here's what our female estate agents had to say:
I deeply admire and feel so grateful for women who had courage to fight for our basic rights to vote, and to be able to study, to work like Alice Paul, Mary Wollstonecraft or Emmeline Pankhurst as just some examples. They achieved unimaginable things and I believe our mission as women should be to get the best of what they have done for us and continue to support each other and work hard so that one day we the world will be a place where there will be balance between the feminine and the masculine and women’s place in the world will not be something we will have to be fighting for, but it will be just recognized as something natural.
- Jacqueline Hara, Marketing Manager, Fine & Country Costa Blanca North
My advice is: the only person who can truly stand in your way is you. There will be blockers, stereotypes, difficulties, but don’t let anything stop you. Fuel your own ambition, be yourself, not who other people want you to be. You are unique and will always have a different perspective to bring to the table. Foster relationships, learn from others and above all, help others on your journey, because if you fall or stumble, they will likely help to pick you up and dust you off.
- Sandra Fernandes, Marketing Manager, Fine & Country Portugal
I feel privileged to have been born, raised and now working in part of the world where women can have the same career as men. Women before me have fought hard to give women equal rights to men. There are still some inequalities and there will always be things that will set men and women apart. But these challenges can be overcome if you have integrity and believe in yourself and your abilities. I have been raised by strong women in my family who taught me that nothing is impossible, and I believe this to be true. If you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything. But I am one of the lucky ones who can speak their mind in a safe environment. International Women Day for me is a day to celebrate the women who have fought to give women a voice and support the women who are still fighting for equal rights. To these women, you are allowing the next generation to live a better life and I will forever admire you.
- Emilie Despois, Head of Brand Marketing, Fine & Country Head Office
One of the challenges females face today is allowing others to undermine their abilities, but the world would not exist without women. I think having women in estate agency ensures the job gets done effortlessly. At Fine & Country, I love the enthusiasm, a fresh approach and the commitment to be the best of the best. My advice to women today is believe you can do whatever you desire, and it will happen. Instead of seeing your glass as half full or half empty, let it overflow!
- Margaret Thompson, CEO, Fine & Country Jersey
Detaining the role of a leader at Fine and Country is an honour, the dynamism and reactivity of the team help us to drive our day-to-day activities with passion and enthusiasm! Given the opportunity to share our ideas and experiences to improve the business in the real estate sector with our international and UK colleagues, shows that there is absolute equality of gender rights within Fine & Country!
Never give up, nothing is impossible and follow your dreams.
- Bénédicte Duvivier, Branch Manager, Fine & Country Mauritius
I truly believe in the words and the concept of “Daring Greatly” - which is a Roosevelt quote on which I based my speech at the F&C conference this year. Every one of us has our own battle to fight; it may be in the past, you may be fighting it right now, and it may still be to come… What’s important is to stay the course, to believe in yourself, and to be a part of a team who is in the same arena as you; fighting for the same values, and for the same principals. With a business based on those strong foundations, you will then be comfortable in the knowledge that your hard work and perseverance will pay off.
I love the connectedness of Fine & Country. There are a lot of international real estate brands, but I challenge any of them to have the same “connection” and family feeling as we have at Fine & Country. We know each other’s names; we care about what’s going on with our colleagues in other countries; we communicate regularly. F&C is a family – everyone supports each other, everyone works together and ultimately, for me as a business owner, it’s what sets the brand apart from all other real estate brands.
Alice Watson-Smith, Sales Director, Fine & Country Cannes
We’re proud of the female leaders of Fine & Country who push for parity, work together and inspire others in estate agency. To find your local agent, whether male or female, in the UK or overseas, click here.
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