PEMA RADHA | EY
We face enough gender challenges as women in our professional lives, then if you add LGBT issues on top it becomes increasingly complex – the ‘double glazed glass ceiling’ as they call it. I think it becomes really hard to just ‘be yourself’ and be authentic with colleagues. The irony is that when we hide ourselves to advance, I believe we actually limit ourselves and our potential. We hold ourselves back – both in our ability to connect with others in a meaningful way – and also the amount of effort we have to focus on our careers – that is not focused on hiding.
There are many initiatives tackling issues of intersectionality, but LBWomen was set up to support lesbian and bisexual women specifically and their professional challenges. I feel passionate about this agenda and proud to be an LBWomen ambassador. We all know a diverse workforce is a better workforce. Differences should be celebrated. I think better education and role models are key to helping to make this a reality. And with LBWomen we hope to build a strong community of empowered women who can all support each other to be more successful, whatever industry they are operating in