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The Women Behind Tattoodo: Disrupting a Male Dominated Industry

Women are making headlines while thriving in male-dominated industries such as tech, art, and tattoos. The women at the Tattoodo office are no different: their work helps support not only the goals of their company, but the health and evolution of the tattoo industry at large.

Tattoodo has great influence via their social media presence and the 4+ million followers who look to us for guidance through their tattoo journey. We know the responsibility that our influence carries and we’re constantly evolving to exceed expectations!

We’re sharing the stories of the women behind Tattoodo, because our hope is that our personal stories will show people how much we care about making a positive difference, and empower people to reach out for the support we can give.

If this is of interest to you, we’re more than happy to set up interviews for a behind-the-scenes look at the global media company and booking platform that is Tattoodo, as well as the people who work there.

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Amalie Schou, Tattoodo
Copenhagen, Denmark
+45 53 65 36 20
email:amalie@tattoodo.com
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HBU to Host Women in Entrepreneurship Networking Event

 

HBU to Host Women in Entrepreneurship Networking Event
15000 Cubits Agency Founder Leah Faul Will Be Guest Panelist

HOUSTON, TX — The Center for Christianity in Business (CCB) will host Women in Entrepreneurship: A Faith Perspective on Friday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m. The networking luncheon and panel will take place at the Morris Cultural Arts Center and will feature a panel discussion with prominent women in business in the Houston area.

The CCB is an educational and community outreach effort with the intent of fostering the integration of Christian faith and business within the local, regional, national, and global business spheres via research, speaker series, mentoring and education. To that end, the organization regularly brings students, educators, policymakers and business professionals together in forums like this one.

Panelists slated for the event include Tina Murray, President of Mind Dance Marketing; Bonnie Helvie, Owner of Bonnie Group; Sharon Saunders, VP for Advancement and University Relations at HBU; and Leah Faul, Owner of 15000 Cubits. Topics will include challenges for female entrepreneurs, practical implementation of values systems in the workplace, and work-life balance.

Panelist Leah Faul is deeply committed to the topic to be addressed. Even her company’s namesake, a nod to Noah’s Ark, is a tribute to her high regard for aligning business vision with biblical values. “I couldn’t be more honored to be included in the Women in Entrepreneurship Panel,” Faul said. “I’m thrilled that the integration of faith and female entrepreneurism has been identified as an important talking point. The world needs more female entrepreneurs putting God at the forefront of their business decisions and professional life — and I’m so happy to be able to impart what I’ve learned to the next generation of leaders in our community.”

More information about the event can be found at hbu.edu/ccbseminar. Interested participants may register by January 23 online. The cost is $25 for professionals and $10 for students.

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What can we do to combat the taboo of periods in the workplace?

Could employers be more accommodating to the monthly cycle, and if so, how? The stigma attached to periods manifests in many ways and in the workplace, it can often prove quite a difficult obstacle to overcome. In 2018, there were 15.3 million women aged over 16 in employment, with the total female employment rate being 71.4% — the highest ever figure since 1971, when records began.

Many of these women will be dealing with PMS on the job, but this is often overlooked by bosses and menstrual taboos can leave women feeling isolated. Join us as we explore the unspoken office code for all things menstruation.

Periods in the Workplace

Periods have become one of the many key concerns for women within the workplace, and there’s a historic legacy of keeping period-talk hushed in corporate environments. Women have been a longstanding focal group for pushing workplace equality into action. As the times have changed the breadth of issues has only grown.

Women are often dismissed as being overcome by hormones when ‘the time of the month’ strikes, a jibe which has left women feeling that nothing period related should be voiced at work. This professional silencing of periods is a result of the outdated belief that periods make women ‘weak’ and ‘irrational’ as they bow to the mercy of their hormones. From the early signs of first period, these attitudes have affected girls, leaving them feeling like menstruation should not be discussed in schools. This continues in later life.”

In a recent survey carried out, it was found that one third of men think that talking about periods in the workplace is unprofessional. Moreover, periods are viewed as a source of embarrassment in the workplace, with findings showing women would rather admit to a mistake at work than talk about their period in front of male coworkers.

In fact, a YouGov survey investigated this further and only 27% of women whose performance was affected by period pains had ever admitted to their employer that this was the case and a further 33% said they’d made up an excuse in the past. Currently, it seems as though women are left to either grin and bear it in silence, sacrifice their statutory sick days, or endure the wrath of the menstrual stigma. In 2020, this simply shouldn’t be the case.

What can you expect?

Back in 2018, after suffering from extreme menopause symptoms, namely heavy bleeding that had caused anemia, Mandy Davies took her medication to work. When the container of the diluted mixture was misplaced, she panicked upon noticing two men drinking water nearby. Suspecting that her medication could have been in the jug the men were drinking from, Ms Davies voiced her fear and faced an in-depth investigation from her company’s health and safety department. This concluded in her being dismissed under gross misconduct. Her medication hadn’t been in the water in question, and after a court dispute she was awarded £19,000 in total for the pay lost and to compensate for injury to feelings.

The case referred to The Equality Act 2010, which covers nine characteristics — and while period related problems are not named, the impact of them at their most severe can prevent women from carrying out their day-to-day tasks, and this is a recognised element of having a disability. While the symptoms Ms Davies was experiencing are related to the menopause, they can be common of periods too: heavy bleeding, brain fog and dizziness — and 57% of women affected by these symptoms of PMS said it had adversely affected their ability to work. Therefore, many women could be forced to deal with physical pain and lessened performance for consecutive days at a time, and this has become the norm.

In a climate where workplace culture is always evolving, HR departments are facing a diverse range of employee complaints, and period related issues are having an increased impact on employee welfare. More than one in ten women have reported being the recipient of negative comments directed at them in relation to menstruating. Perhaps leadership development is needed for employers to educate them on their attitudes towards women over their menstruation period.

These micro-aggressions are leading to an increase in presenteeism — where employees who aren’t fit to work still attend in order to fulfil what is required of them. One study revealed that 80.7% of respondents said they lost an average of 23.2 days per year to presenteeism and reduced productivity, linked to being on their period.

Is there a potential solution to combat this?

The potential of introducing flexible working could be introduced to allow female employees to manage their symptoms.

Emma Barnett, author of Period, It’s About Bloody Time described that while menstrual leave might not be feasible for larger companies, making period pain a valid reason for taking sick leave should become a reality. Barnett also discussed the need for more honesty surrounding periods, captured in her suggestion that every workplace should have a ‘menstrual policy’, to give women clearer workplace rights when it comes to periods.

In Japan, a recent move was made by a department store to assign ‘period badges’ to its female members of staff for them to wear while they are menstruating. The idea was introduced to help tackle the stigma of periods, using the pink cartoon of Seiri Chan — whose name translates to ‘Miss Period’. However, the move faced backlash with claims of harassment made. It’s highly unlikely that a step like this would be taken in UK workplaces, but what proactive steps should employers consider taking when it comes to resolving the stigma?

There’s certainly room for adjustment when it comes to making workplaces more period-friendly, from having set policies in place to encouraging openness to tackle the menstrual stigma.

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Professional women gather at WIN Manchester to realise their power and celebrate the Suffragettes

-®´©Ånancyfina_DSC7911WIN Manchester, a WIN curated leadership event for professional women and men, will take place on 7 June at the UKFast Campus in Manchester. In this 100-year anniversary of the very first women gaining the right to vote, WIN Manchester will celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Suffragettes while providing participants with inspiration, knowledge, practical tools and connections to help them succeed in their careers and prepare for the future.

The event is hosted by WIN, a global women’s leadership initiative based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The theme of the event is “Realizing Your Power and Leading Change Differently – the Suffragette Edition.” At the event, participants will learn how women with authentic power are impacting business models and bottom lines and discover how progressive companies are embracing diversity and creating inclusive environments that foster innovation.

The speaker line-up at WIN Manchester includes:
• Sue Johnson, Head of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, PwC
• Elaine De Fries, Operational Manager, The Pankhurst Trust
• Geraldine Bown, CEO & Founder, Domino Perspectives
• Nazir Afzal, Former Crown Prosecutor – NW England, Former Chief Executive – Police & Crime Commissioners
• Graham Sparks, VP HR Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Dutch Shell
• Claire-Marie Boggiano, Director & Coach, Lurig Change & Development
• Gavin Markel, Head of Women’s Football, Manchester City
• Ken McPhail, Professor of Accounting, Director of Research and Deputy Head of School, Alliance Manchester Business School
• Isabella Phoenix, Omnichannel Transformation, HP Inc.

“We are delighted to bring WIN to Manchester, the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement. At this pivotal time, as we celebrate women’s achievements in all walks of life and grapple with the new and old challenges we face, we must not forget the vital contribution of the suffragettes,” said Kristin Engvig, WIN’s Founder and CEO. “At WIN Manchester, we will draw on their legacy and ask: how can we access our inner power and strengthen our outer influence to make things happen, differently?

WIN Manchester is sponsored by Alliance Manchester Business School, UKFast, Shell, Lurig Change & Development, BASF, Oakridge STRIDE, Shoosmiths, Grant Thornton and Direct Rail Services.

Professor Fiona Devine, Head at Alliance Manchester Business School said: “At Alliance Manchester Business School our world-leading academics are engaged in a wide-range of research connected with gender and diversity; and across all our programmes we support the world’s future leaders to embrace diversity and foster innovation. We take our inspiration from the great city of which we are part and we are extremely proud to support the first WIN conference here in Manchester.”

For information about WIN Manchester, please visit www.winconference.net or write to pr@winconference.net.

About WIN

Modelling, empowering and connecting leaders in global, authentic and feminine way – for the world, work and life

WIN works to get a critical mass of conscious women into decision-making roles, to progress careers, to create companies with the highest values, to encourage and support more women in politics and in business, and to give space to artists and activists. The Global WINConference, an annual leadership forum, has become the reference for modern women working internationally and organisations active in the field of women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion. WIN has welcomed more than 16,000 leaders and hundreds of companies to live events worldwide. With its highly creative and holistic take on traditional business topics, it has both celebrated and transformed the lives of thousands of women, and positively impacted hundreds of companies. It inspires leaders to run organisations for the future, with noble values and awareness, and to live their own lives with beauty and enthusiasm. It accelerates change by developing, empowering and connecting leaders to a global, authentic and feminine vision.

http://www.winconference.net

“WIN is a leadership journey: a path for doing business the authentic way. It encourages people to live creatively and view life & work systemically, from new perspectives. Along the way, WIN helps enhance careers, improve business and develop potential along with individuality”

Kristin Engvig, Founder and CEO, WIN

PRESS CALL: Glitter Girls photoshoot

PRESS CALL: Glitter Girls photoshoot – Plus size retailer aims to help women to celebrate their curves and fight body shaming by baring all in a glitzy nude photoshoot

Date: Thursday 7th June 2018
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fiddler’s Cottage, Harbridge Green, Ringwood, BH24 3PT. (Please request further directions if attending)

Plus-size online lingerie and swimwear retailer Viva Voluptuous invites you to help put the ‘body’ back in the body positivity movement by attending its outdoor Glitter Girls photoshoot next month. The company has invited 15 real-women of all shapes and sizes to be tastefully covered from head to foot in glitter and photographed nude from the side and back against a picturesque garden backdrop.

The project is designed to challenge the limited way the female body is portrayed in the media and to outwardly demonstrate that women don’t need to conform to specific beauty standards to shine.

Viva Voluptuous will be issuing a press release in the week following the shoot along with hi-res press images taken on the day. If you would like to attend, please feel free to produce your own copy and bring your own photographer, or you can request ours.

For further information, please contact Felicity Fox or Liz Willis on felicity@vivavoluptuous.com / liz@vivavoluptuous.com or 07900654401.

Image: Project inspiration – photo taken by photographer Jill Kerswell as part of her Positively Glittered campaign in the Australian outback.