New look website with enhanced features for members
Exciting 2019 events programme, including AGM at Ascot Racecourse
Ahead of its ten-year anniversary in 2019, Women in Racing is delighted to launch a refreshed look and new website.
Women in Racing now has a bold new logo and website with enhanced features. This includes a member’s area to encourage networking amongst Women in Racing’s 200-stong and growing members, online booking for events and regular news updates.
Since being founded in 2009 by Sally Rowley-Williams, Women in Racing has been active in supporting and promoting women’s careers in British racing. In addition, as the very first women's network in horseracing globally, Women in Racing has become the role model for similar networks subsequently established in other countries, such as the United States and Ireland.
A major milestone for the organisation was delivering the first research into ‘Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing’ conducted by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University and funded by Women in Racing and the Racing Foundation. The research was carried out in 2016 and the results, launched in May 2017, included several recommendations for progressing gender balance within the sport.
The establishment of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) in Autumn 2017 was a result of one of these recommendations. The DiRSG published its ‘Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan’ in July 2018 and appointed the sport’s first Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Rose Grissell, last month.
Over the last 10 years Women in Racing has offered members access to a unique Mentoring Scheme, the only one in British Racing, and a Bursary Programme which offers members access to financial support of up to £2,000 to further their careers within the sport. Recent beneficiaries of a Women in Racing Bursary include Racing Presenter Vanessa Ryle and Work Based Learning Manager at the Northern Racing College Vanessa Cashmore, who is undertaking research into the performance of female jockeys.
Women in Racing’s 2019 events programme is part of ensuring members have opportunities to develop their careers and enjoy networking experiences. Events include:
- The Aintree Grand Women’s Summit, Friday 5th April;
- Women in Racing 2019 AGM at Ascot Racecourse, Friday 10th May;
- Women in Racing Mentoring and Careers Event, London, date TBA;
- The Pol Roger Experience at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Friday 6th September;
- Women in Racing’s 2019 Christmas event, date TBA.
Julie Deadman, Chair of Women in Racing, said: “2019 is an important milestone for Women in Racing. Since its formation we have seen greater engagement in the debate about the role and impact of women across the sport. There have been some notable developments, particularly in the recognition of the talent of leading female jockeys. However, there remains considerable work to be done to improve women’s representation in the board rooms and the higher levels of the sport which was a key focus of the 2016 Oxford Brookes research. We welcome the work of the DiRSG and look forward to working with Rose Grissell in her capacity as the sport’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Women in Racing over the last 10 years, and particularly like to thank every woman who has served on the committee and played a vital role in Women in Racing’s ongoing success.”
Tallulah Lewis, Deputy Chair of Women in Racing who led on the new look branding and website, said: “Our new look has a modern and bright feel and we have created a website which we believe will enhance membership experience, including allowing members to build connections and network with other members which is such a vital component for success in British racing, as it is within all sports and sectors. With the launch of our new look and website, along with some really exciting events in 2019 we hope it will be a year of more progress for Women in Racing and our members.”