SAE celebrates creative womxn throughout March as part of International Women’s Day

03 Mar 2021

International Women's Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This month we will be celebrating the amazing creative womxn who work and study at SAE UK. 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #IChooseToChallenge, which is about celebrating womxn’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. 

SAE UK and SWEu General Manager and Managing Director Steffan Davies said: “Here at SAE UK we are committed to making the creative industries a more diverse and representative reflection of the world at large. There are some amazing creatives at SAE UK and I’m looking forward to learning more about their journeys this month as we shine a spotlight on some of the womxn who work and study at SAE UK.” 

Share your #ChooseToChallenge photos 

Each year there is a pose that accompanies the International Women’s Day campaign and this year you are invited to strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand held high to show your commitment to choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.

Share your photos on social media using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 #TheHomeOfCreatives #SAEUK to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world - the best photos will be reshared on SAE UK’s feeds. 

What is SAE doing throughout March to celebrate creative womxn? 

SAE UK will be speaking to some of the amazing staff, students and industry supporters who work at SAE about their experiences being a womxn in the creative industries, as well as hosting a series of events that showcase female talent. Keep your eye on our news hub and on the student newsletters for more details: www.sae.edu/gbr/news 

If you’re a student who identifies as a womxn and you’d like to share your project with SAE UK for promotion, please contact us on b.kirkbride@sae.edu 

SAE: Living Room Live Lounge 

On 4 March at 5.00 pm, SAE will host a living room live lounge with LGBTQ+ artist Anita Gabrielle, who worked with Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge on her recently released EP ‘Just Neat’. Anita will be answering your questions during the session, so make sure to submit your questions in advance. You can register to attend the living room live lounge here

Womxn in Audio competition 

Unfortunately, the creative industries are not yet as diverse as they can be; a Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies report from March 2020 reported that in 2018, of all jobs in Digital Culture Media Sport (DCMS) sectors, 55.8% were held by men and 44.2% by women. The majority of DCMS sector employees were from the White ethnic group (87.6%) in 2018, the same as that for all UK employment (87.6%). In 2018, of all jobs in DCMS sectors, around two-thirds (62.0%) were held by those who were ‘more advantaged’. This is a similar proportion to that for UK employment as a whole, where in 2018 67.8% of jobs were held by those who were more advantaged. 

This is why SAE UK is hosting a competition across London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow, for aspiring Audio producers in Y10 upwards. Students from local schools have been invited to take part in a music competition, where SAE’s expert lecturers will judge the submissions and there will be a prize for the winner. Find out more about the Womxn in Audio competition here

Find out more about International Women’s Day here.