For International Women’s Day we asked Fuller’s employees to nominate inspiring women who work for us.
The response was overwhelming. Nominations flooded in from different areas of the business – across pubs and brewery – and the reasons given were as unique and special as the women themselves.
We interviewed some of the nominees about the inspiring women in their lives, their achievements and their advice for fellow women.
Here is the result.
What’s your greatest achievement in life?
That’s one of the questions we asked Fuller’s female employees, whose responses ranged from momentous specific achievements, such as starting their own business or winning the prestigious Fuller’s Griffin Trophy, to an accumulation of achievements over time.
Daniella Parker, General Manager of the William Walker pub in Winchester, said her greatest achievement was stepping outside her comfort zone to launch her career.
"Moving away from my home town and making a career for myself has been my greatest achievement. After a bumpy start at university I eventually decided to drop out and pursue a role in hospitality. Four years and a lot of work later, I am now General Manager of my own pub."
Who is the woman who inspires you most?
We all have a woman in our life that we look up to. When we asked the women of Fuller's who they found the most inspiring, the majority said it was the motherly figures in their lives.
Ruth Darlow, Fuller’s Graduate Scheme Employee, said: "My mother is one of the strongest women I know. She used to work in a bank and then quit to become a nurse which is a profession I think deserves so much admiration and appreciation. Growing up we spent five and a half years living in Karachi, Pakistan.
“My dad was away a lot so to raise and educate three little girls in Karachi amidst political changes and uncertainty certainly took a lot of courage and perseverance. She has a heart of gold and isn’t afraid to give constructive feedback!"
What’s the best thing about being a woman?
Shania Twain might be the most famous person to ask this question, but when we asked what the best part of being a woman was, each of the women we interviewed found it difficult to answer.
From the powerful bond of female friendship, to femininity, fashion and cheaper car insurance, the women agreed there were a range of reasons why it's great to be a woman – including being able to cry during Call the Midwife!
“It’s difficult to say what the best thing about being a woman is because I am a firm believer of equality, but in saying that – something women can do that men can’t is grow another life inside us… now that’s pretty cool."
What’s the one piece of advice you have for other women?
The women of Fuller's had a long list of advice for fellow women, ranging from remembering to push boundaries and step outside their comfort zone, to doing what makes them happy and focusing on the positives.
Fuller’s Project Coordinator Amrita Walia said: "The most important project you will ever work on is yourself.”
Fuller’s Cleaning Team Supervisor Laura Gibbs added: "Remember, you can do anything a man can!"
Thank you to the women of Fuller's
Thank you to all the women who took part in International Women’s Day at Fuller’s with their photos, responses and nominations.
Here is the video we made for International Women’s day: