International Women’s Day
Why should we have an “International Women’s Day”?
Women have come a very long way over hundreds’ of years fighting for the same rights as their male counterparts, but still they have a way to go in some sectors in business.
But in the meat trade, especially here in Scotland, the wealth of talented women in the trade has increased ten-fold and I have to say as an ex-butcher, they have only enhanced the industry with their forward thinking ideas and embracing changes which were often long overdue.
You just need to see the talents of Emma & Jane at Burns of Bo-ness (Pictured above), Lynne Chapman in Baillieston, Lisa of Kinghorn butchers, and young Jenna Douglas of St. Boswells to see the contribution they are making to the communities with their businesses. Pamela Hunter, my dear friend from Kinross impacted so many lives with her excellent campaign for defibrillators in all high streets; a truly remarkable lady.
Women, however are not a new concept in the butchery trade, as Deirdre Chapman of James Chapman of Wishaw will attain to. She has been in the trade as long as I have. A lady who has forgot more than I know and someone I would not come home with a penny short in my pay to!
With young Erin Conroy of Verstegen breathing life into butchers cabinets all over Scotland, we have a lot to admire about the female species these days (Please forgive me if I have missed out any other ladies in the trade, but there is so many now!)
So as a clearly defined person of the male species, (So many genders these days), I should make it very clear that I did not suggest the title of this piece, but was motivated by my lovely Manager Elaine, who feels that as women are already equal to men, why do we need a day dedicated to remember it. I will agree with her on this point, as I fear for my life if I didn’t!
Keep up the great work ladies ?
Footnote: My 7 year old Daughter did ask my Wife one day “Mum, when is it Daddy’s day?”…She replied, “Every day!”.