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Celebrating women in technology on International Women’s Day

Written by Cheryl Swan on

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women in society, and on this day, we are focusing on the achievements of women in the field of technology.

We are seeing women making an incredible impact in the field of technology in recent times. However, sadly, statistics still show that it is a male-dominated industry, with women making up just 20% of the IT workforce. 

In an industry that is notorious for having a lower percentage of women than men, we’re proud to say that HeX Productions has closed the gender gap and have a greater proportion of female workers than ever before, who are striving to shape the future of digital accessibility. 

International Women’s Day 2022 theme

8 March is International Women’s Day, an annual event that celebrates the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women and how they’re making a difference to society. 

This year’s campaign theme is #BreakTheBias – which is a very fitting theme for HeX Productions. Every day, our digital accessibility agency works towards creating an equal and inclusive world. Free from discrimination, by forging change in digital accessibility, to enable all users equal access to online information and services, regardless of the technology they are using, their language, location or ability.

Women shaping digital accessibility

It’s incredible to see that in this year’s Shaw Trust Disability Power 100, out of the Top 10, 7 are women who are changing the future for those that face accessibility barriers, due to their disabilities. 

These inspiring accessibility champions are:

  • Caroline Casey, who united The Valuable 500 – a group of 500 influential global leaders committed to disability infusion.
  • Multi-award-winning social entrepreneur and disability specialist, Shani Dhanda
  • Author, actor, activist, and disability ambassador for the BBC, Cerrie Burnell.
  • Blind activist and freelance disability consultant, Dr Amy Kavanagh.
  • Ciara Lawrence, Big Plan Engagement Lead, for Mencap.
  • Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author, Frances Ryan
  • Wheelchair Tennis athlete, Abbie Breakwell.

Our HeXceptional women

At HeX Productions, we have three strong women, all in very different roles playing their part in trying to make the world a better, more inclusive place. 

Zara Gemmell, who started as a Junior Web Developer and has worked her way up to becoming Accessibility Director for HeX Productions. Zara’s role is in making sure that everything is in the right place at the right time and is our accessibility client liaison. 

Delivery Manager, Emma Marmion, who keeps all accessibility projects on track – running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. 

Digital Engagement Manager, Cheryl Swan, who showcases all of the amazing accessibility work that HeX productions create, over our accessible social and digital channels. 

Zara Gemmell said: “For those who read my previous interview for International Women’s Day, you will understand that I believe that we are one human race doing our best to survive. On the theme of ‘Break the Bias’, I totally support the concept, but the fact of the matter is there will always be greedy people in this world, which will stand in the way of beating bias. But I also believe that one smile can travel around the world. So, if you can smile at one person, help one person to cross the road, pass on a piece of knowledge that greedy people keep to themselves, then we are one step closer to becoming a community without bias.”

Join the HeX team

It would be amazing to see more female website developers applying for roles at HeX!

We currently have vacancies for a PHP Developer and Front-End Developers to join our expanding team: