West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has announced that he will host an event of talks, activities and question and answer sessions with inspirational women in leadership roles, for an audience of young women from local secondary schools.
The Copeland MP hopes that the event, which will have the potential to become a valuable networking opportunity for local young women, will work towards addressing the gender gap in business, politics, academia, industry and more. The Gender Pay Gap is an issue that Jamie Reed spoke out about last year when figures revealed that men working in Copeland earn on average 28% more than women each week.
The apolitical event, which will be held in Whitehaven on 16th September, will include inspirational speakers Dame Sue Ion (Nuclear Engineer and Scientist), Dr Rebecca Weston (Technical Director at Sellafield Ltd), Kathryn Temple (Founder of the Happiness Foundation), Rachel Holliday (Founder of Time to Change West Cumbria), Dr Fiona Ironside (local GP) and Luciana Berger MP (Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree and Former Shadow Minister for Mental Health).
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be hosting the Women in Leadership event and I have no doubt that our line up of incredible women, from Luciana Berger MP, to Dame Sue Ion, will inspire the audience of local young women.
“It is unacceptable that we are living with such a wide gender pay gap in Copeland and I continue to call upon Government to tackle the issue. As Copeland’s local Member of Parliament, I believe it important to use my role to support our young people wherever possible, so that they may achieve their full potential.
“I am grateful to all those who are helping to make this important event possible, from Sellafield Ltd, to Virgin Trains, to Aimee Taylor, a St Benedict’s Y7 pupil who has designed the event logo”.