Despite having the patience of a caffeinated squirrel, I’ve managed to wait 365 days – eagerly counting down until the next 8th of March – to share this brilliant quote: 

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”  

Strikes a chord, doesn’t it? Defiant yet inviting, these words of a world-renowned journalist and activist Gloria Steinem remind us why we celebrate International Women’s Day. There’s another reason Mews is throwing a celebration today; one so momentous it deserves a drumroll.   

Meet Women@Mews ERG 

Exactly one year ago, Women@Mews ERG was born. What began as an Employee Resource Group aimed at fostering networking and skill development quickly evolved into a passionate community with a huge impact. 
Founded by the women of Mews to create a supportive and inclusive community and tackle the issues women encounter in the workplace, there’s not much this group hasn’t done in the past year. From honest discussions addressing weighty topics like menopause, pregnancy, mental health and imposter syndrome to collaboratively crafting a company-wide Allyship Guideline, our journey has been nothing short of transformative. 

As we shared experiences and gained insights, deep connections were forged, sparking even more empathy. It's through these moments of learning and understanding that our group grew stronger, reinforcing the supportive community we've built within Women@Mews.

Inspiring inclusion through Women@Mews activities 

Join us in celebrating our first anniversary as we take you on a fun tour of our activities.

Hiring Equity

In 2023, Mews focused strongly on inclusive hiring. The results were spectacular. In July 2023, Matt – our beloved CEO – announced in his viral LinkedIn post that Mews has hired more women than men for the first time in our history. Furthermore, our TA team created a more structured interview process that reduces bias and improves consistency regardless of the interviewee’s gender.  
Sounds like a place you’d love to work at? We’d be happy to have you see open roles here. 

Allyship Guidelines 

Women@Mews created guidelines for allyship of women in the workplace. Our goal was to educate and create ambassadors with a progressive mindset who take authentic actions to improve representation and make Mews inclusive for women. 

We produced a zine that includes global stats, inputs from a survey about the workplace environment, interviews with women in the leadership team, insights from intersectional experiences, interviews with men who are allies and an allyship 101 with eight curated recommendations.  

These efforts provide an impetus for individual awareness, education and action towards women at Mews. As you read this, we’re getting ready to launch it internally to an audience of 1,000+ people – no pressure.

Educational Lunch & Learns

We’ve hosted inspiring guests to discuss everything from imposter syndrome to women in engineering and leadership teams. Taboos were fearlessly broken as we talked about menopause and pregnancy, educating our peers on how they affect women in the workplace. In one of the upcoming sessions with Femme Palette, we’ll give away a one-year mentorship that has the potential to transform someone’s career.

Skill exchange – Data analysis workshop

One of our esteemed members organized a Data analysis and visualization workshop, sharing valuable insights into various data analysis techniques and tools. Her interactive session helped us gain practical skills in data manipulation, interpretation, and visualization, fostering a supportive environment for learning and growth within the group.

World Book Day initiative

To celebrate World Book Day, we voted on which book will be available for grabs in Nectar. Nectar is our tool for giving and receiving kudos across the company – after collecting enough points (through efforts or bribery), anyone working at Mews can order this book for free. What did we choose? The Book of Boundaries, with tips to help everyone set boundaries for better mental health, increased energy, improved productivity, and more fulfilling relationships. 

Make it a goal to inspire inclusion 

And that’s how we celebrated International Women’s Day 2024 – a culmination of actions taken 365 days a year towards a better workplace for women at Mews. Only by inspiring others to understand and value women’s inclusion can we forge a better working environment. When women themselves feel inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.

Only collectively can we create a more inclusive world for women. So make it your goal to inspire inclusion each and every day.