The gender pay gap, male-dominated C-suite positions, and lack of opportunity to progress. These are just some examples of gender bias that women experience in the workplace.

Flash Pack's Co-Founder and CEO Rahda Vyas spoke to Words + Pixels about what International Women's Day means to her, and get her take on gender bias in the workplace.

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What does IWD mean to you? 

International Women's Day is a good reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to reach gender equality in society and the workplace.

Has motherhood changed how you operate in business? 

Absolutely. I no longer have any time to faff! Everyday has to be hyper-focused

What do you think the biggest misconception is regarding women in business? 

I think the biggest misconception is that people think women lack confidence and need mentoring or coaching from male colleagues.

Wrong! Women are simply overlooked.

What are the biggest challenges you face when implementing gender equality in the workplace? 

At Flash Pack, we are trying to meet our diversity and inclusion goals. However, this is difficult when there is already an enormous amount of pressure to hire talent quickly. Trying to fill the top of the recruitment funnel with enough diverse talent is extremely hard. 

What advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your career? 

Don’t settle. Work for a company with impeccable values that will help you thrive. 

How does your company culture address the gender disparity between men and women in the workplace? 

We realised that giving new employees an uplift on their previous salary was perpetuating the gender pay gap. Instead, we have moved towards pay transparency across the company. 

Do you experience gender bias as a woman in a C-suite management position? 

Yes! I believe there are certain expectations of me as a female leader. For instance, my employees view me through a different lens than my male counterparts. By this, I mean they judge and evaluate my decisions more so than male colleagues.

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