Commenting on the bank’s commitment to gender equality, Barclays CEO Jes Staley said: “As a leader, husband and father, I believe that enabling true gender equality is a responsibility we all share. At Barclays, our partnership with the UN and support for HeforShe are indicative of the strength of our commitment to ensuring women can contribute fully to society, to industry and global economies.”
Gemma Trebble, UX Design Principal, says Barclays “supports and champions diversity”. “As a female who is passionate about growing my career in technology, I have found Barclays to be a place where I am recognised and rewarded for my contribution,” she says.
“We still have a way to go to address the gender balance, but those women who I do work with at Barclays are all very determined, focused and driven. We have such strong female talent here.”
These sentiments would have been recognised by Hilda Harding, who became the first female bank manager in Britain when she was appointed at Barclays’ Hanover Street branch in London in May 1958.
Asked by a journalist whether there would be more female bank managers – or, as the Glasgow Herald defined them, “managerettes” – in the future, Harding replied: “There is no reason why not. Barclays like to encourage young women just as much as the boys.”