ECT Charity CEO Anna Whitty has been invited to share her thoughts on the opportunities and challenges for women in the transport sector, as part of a blog for the Community Transport Association to mark International Women’s Day (8th March). You can read her piece in full below:
“Why is International Women’s Day so important? Above any other reason, it is about inspiring women to aim high and believe in themselves. This is particularly important in the transport industry, which is very male-dominated, particularly within the older demographic.
“When I was growing up, I was expected to play with dolls, but Lego was my passion: finding a way to fit the bricks together to build something strong and stable. This mind-set has stayed with me throughout my career; for me, transport is about detailed planning in order to implement a top-quality end product.
“As women, we often have the patience for this detail, and are recognised for our juggling skills - we all know that multitasking is an essential part of delivering transport! Further, we are not afraid to show our passion or that we care about our customers’ needs and passenger experience.
“At ECT Charity, most of our management and supervisory roles are taken by women. These are women who believe in themselves and seized the opportunities presented to them. Ultimately, they were appointed as they were the best people for the job.
“This International Women’s Day – and beyond – let’s all stand tall and proud.”
To read the full blog and to hear from other leading women in the sector, check out CTA’s blog here.
Nearly 2,000 wheelchair users and 17,000 other spectators with a range of mobility needs were able to attend this summer’s world athletics events in London, thanks to ECT Charity.