“Whilst society still has a lot to learn about how to remove barriers to ensure equity, there is a need for disruptors like myself to act as a network of changemakers who call out bias and inspire others to have the courage to keep going and not give up.” – Tricia Lucas-Clarke
Going against the grain and challenging the status quo can be daunting. But there are women doing just that. “Disruptors” is not just ascribed to high-flying figures but also everyday women who in their own way have challenged and are challenging the status quo and creating a positive impact.
The second issue of Disruptors features women such as Golda Rosheuvel, Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani MBE, FRSA, Natasha Devon MBE, Shani Dhanda, Oluwaseyi Akiwowo, Maya Oppenheim, Lydia Amoah, Tobi Oredein, and many more brilliant women.
They talked about their challenges, milestones, what makes them a disruptor, what inspires them, and the legacy they want to leave behind among other things.
“Coming out of prison and learning that you now have a new label you must disclose to everyone is like having to disclose an STI – uncomfortable.” – Lady Unchained
“One of the biggest milestones I am proud of is being the first Black British female to have led the most comprehensive study in the world of research and to have been able to impact the world of research and change the approach to research.” – Lydia Amoah
Each story is packed with resources, insights and inspiration that leave an imprint in the minds of the readers, propel change on women’s issues that have long been alienated, amplify and celebrate women, and let women take up space in their lives and society.
We touch on issues related to gender equality, mental health, discrimination, abuse, sustainability, disability, addiction, neurodiversity, etc. In this issue, we continue to reclaim the term ‘disruptors’, too often seen negatively. We discuss the need for disruptors in society, simply because every change starts with disruption.
“I had been sexually harassed early in my career, and the response from the organisation was poor but typical – I was actively discouraged from making a complaint and told to think of the impact on my career. I knew we had to do better for these women.” – Catherine Hinwood.
“Living with my condition has been very unpredictable, but it’s not my condition that disables me. We live in a disabling and ableist world full of barriers and bias – that’s the disabling factor.” – Shani Dhanda
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