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Julie Marson, Bishop's Stortford's first female MP, champions women in business

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Bishop's Stortford's first ever female MP is championing women in business and in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Conservative Julie Marson is urging her female constituents to sign up for a virtual event on Thursday June 24, from 11am, when they can talk to successful women entrepreneurs.

It has been put together by Make It Your Business, a nationwide initiative to encourage and support women to start and grow their own enterprises.

Julie Marson MP - Hertford and Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (47820395)
Julie Marson MP - Hertford and Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (47820395)

Mrs Marson, the Hertford and Stortford constituency's first female MP, said: "This event provides a fantastic opportunity for local women to ask the experts on their business ideas.

"These sorts of opportunities are few and far between so I'm pleased that by working with Make It Your Business we've been able to bring such an event to my constituency.

"It's really important to nurture good business ideas in order to bring greater opportunity to Hertford and Stortford. I'd like to thank everyone who's helped to arrange the event, especially Tracy Grazioli, who has really gone the extra mile to help local women. I really encourage any women with a great idea to sign up and attend the event."

MPs Julie Marson and Liz Truss (47820540)
MPs Julie Marson and Liz Truss (47820540)

Last week in Parliament, Mrs Marson asked Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary and women and equalities minister, what steps she is taking with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to promote "gender equality" through the UK's presidency of the G7.

The intergovernmental organisation – consisting of the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – meets annually and will convene in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, from June 11 to 13. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host leaders including new American president Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said she will step down this year.

Ms Truss responded: "We have a huge opportunity, as we recover from Covid-19, for women across the world to build back better. That is why I have convened a group of leaders in the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC), under the leadership of Sarah Sands, to push for better education for women and girls, economic empowerment and ending violence against women across the world."

Ms Sands is a former editor of the London Evening Standard and was editor of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 from 2017 to 2020.

Mrs Marson then asked Ms Truss how the GEAC would be working to improve women's and girls' participation in STEM education and industries.

Ms Truss replied: "I am pleased to say that the GEAC is packed with inspirational STEM leaders, such as Professor Sarah Gilbert, who spearheaded the Oxford vaccine, and the CERN director-general Dr Fabiola Gianotti; they are leading figures.

"A key aim of the GEAC is to ensure that more girls and women are involved in the industries of the future, such as technology and science, so that they can get those well-paid jobs and help to drive forward progress across the world."

To book a place with Make It Your Business see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-it-your-business-hertford-and-stortford-tickets-157122685181?aff=ebdsoporgprofile.

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