Lisa Thomas
Global Head of Brand, Virgin, and Managing Director, Virgin Enterprises Limited

"Women make up half of the world's population, so why not half of the world's engineers, scientists, parliamentarians, or chief executives? No mountain seems high enough when it comes to exploration, scientific breakthrough and technical innovation. Now is the time to break down the barriers that still prevent millions of women everywhere from following their calling and reaching their true potential. Gender parity is so much more than a nice idea. It is the basis of social progress, greater equality, and it makes perfect business sense, too. That's why I support the Pledge for Parity. It's a cause worth standing up for, on International Women's Day as much as on any other day."

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