Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

Thanks for joining ITN Business for Global Gamechangers, showcasing powerful stories of women across business, sport and the arts who are advancing gender equality by shaking things up, blazing new trails, and changing the playing field. Hosted by Louise Minchin, broadcast journalist and author of the upcoming book Fearless: Adventures with Extraordinary Women (available 25 May 2023 from Bloomsbury Sport), the programme includes interviews, sponsored content, and a podcast.



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Farmers feeding the nation

Come with us to a farm in Cornwall and a creamery in Devon to see how women are innovating around farming and taking leadership roles in food manufacturing at farmer-owned cooperative Arla Foods.

Equal access for all

For many women, the taboo surrounding the menopause has a very real impact on their lives, often leaving them feeling alone or reluctant to seek help from a healthcare professional. We met with two women who are working to raise awareness of the lesser-known symptoms of the menopause, and to advocate for women of all backgrounds receiving equal access to menopause support, education and treatment. This is part of a disease awareness campaign funded and sponsored by Besins Healthcare UK.

Infertility in the workplace

According to the NHS around 1 in 7 couples may experience difficulty conceiving. Fertility issues and their treatments can be emotionally and physically draining and managing this alongside work can cause women to leave or seriously consider leaving their job. This International Women’s Day we speak with some of the organisations and individuals who are acting to change this.

Improving the numbers

Fewer than 20% of UK engineers are women, but JLA – a critical supplier and servicing company – is actively working to change this by increasing the number of female engineers in their workforce and ensuring they receive the right support to thrive.

Empowering employees

Employees should feel safe and empowered at work, regardless of their gender. We visit Network Rail to learn how they are promoting gender equality throughout their organisation and the industry.

Bringing your whole self to work

Professional rugby star Caitlin Beevers works for PPG’s Architectural Coatings HQ in Birstall. She, and other PPG stars, share with us the ways in which the global coatings company empowers their 50,000+ global employees to bring their whole selves to work.

Talented women changing the world of Audit

We visited PwC’s London offices to hear from four women who are blazing new trails and demonstrating that audit can be a purposeful and fulfilling career for women of all ages and backgrounds.

Universal solutions and support

By raising the profile of inequality in women’s health, Theramex are working hard with healthcare professionals to provide universal solutions and support that can have a positive impact at every stage of their journey.

in Sport

According to EY research, over half of female C-suite executives played sport at the college or university level. We met with leading athletes and women in leadership roles at sports federations to discuss how sport is changing for women and what still needs to be done to level the playing field.

In partnership with ITN Sport, we visited Lausanne, where we spoke with women at the Fédération Equestre Internationale, European Gymnastics, and the International Hockey Federation about the challenges facing women athletes and why we need women in leadership roles.

Meet the unparalleled Donna Fraser, OBE. She's a four-time Olympic sprinter; World Athletics 2022 Woman of the Year and successful businesswoman.

Alexandra is a Paralympic Sailor and Head of Sustainability for World Sailing. She shares her thoughts on her career and on how sailing is becoming more inclusive and sustainable.

in the Arts

In the creative sectors – from visual arts to publishing to architecture – on average there are higher proportions of men in lead decision-making and executive roles. We spoke with five trailblazers about the barriers they've faced – both gender and otherwise – and how they're defying expectations to overcome them.

Louise Minchin in conversation with game-changing filmmakers Sally El Hosaini, director of My Brother the Devil and The Swimmers (Netflix), Waad Al-Kateab, who made the critically acclaimed documentary For Sama, and Basma Khalifa, of Inside the Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had to Leave (BBC).

Join us as Louise Minchin interviews Jude Kelly CBE, the award-winning Founder and CEO of The WOW Foundation, a charity that celebrates the achievements of women, girls and non-binary people and confronts global gender injustice through the WOW Festival, events and more.

Sophie Morgan and Laura Henry-Allain MBE meet at North Kensington Library to discuss Laura's career and her involvement with the Grenfell Memorial Quilt project.


According to S&P research, around just 5% of global CEOs are women. For this, the first episode of our new conversational thought-leadership podcast series, we sit down with four businesswomen to learn about their journeys to the top and what it takes to be a leader.

Who is Your Role Model?

We asked ITN colleagues to share with us the women who have inspired, influenced or mentored them.

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