It can be said with no doubt that in the past there have been issues concerning women in banking. Throughout her entire career Gay Liston could see the segregation although it did start to progress towards the 1980's. She hoped for a future that would bring equal opportunities in banking. Bridie Bourke, felt that there were occasional issues in the sector. However as long as you made your voice heard you could receive the same opportunities as men.
Taking a look at todays females leaders we can see the power they hold, the encouragement they provide, and the strive to produce excellence they attain. The chairwoman of the Federal Reserve is seen by some as the most powerful woman ever to exist in the universe. These women show their concerns about having committees such as women in banking in their bank. After all their hard work to become a banker why should they be seen as women in banking?
Fundamentally women and men together can offer a diverse foundation for growth and prosperity. Working together, acknowledging and respecting each others differences and strengths. New processes can be developed and implemented thereby enabling the banking sector to reflect equity and equality in a sustainable system. Reflecting on the experiences Gay and Bridie shared with me it is clear that they understood the value of things not just their cost. This is an essential part of how banks and financial institutions must work in the future and we must embed this into the bedrock of the system. As the old saying goes by degrees castles are built, one brick at a time.