International Women’s day, a time to celebrate female estate agents

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. But despite huge strides in gender equality over the last few decades, there are still significant inequalities to address in what is a traditionally male-dominated estate agency industry.

However, there are now a number of high-profile inspiring females working in the sector that hold a wide range of senior roles.

Within, for instance, women in senior roles are making their mark in the sector and are instrumental in driving change within the property industry.

Nicky Stevenson, managing director at Fine & Country UK, kicked International Women’s Day off by encouraging other women in the industry to have confidence in their ability.

She said: “It is important for women to believe in themselves. One of the best lessons I have learnt in my career is to have self-belief and a positive mindset. In the early stages of my career, there were multiple times when a mentor encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and push myself in my career because they believed in me and what I was capable of, even when I wasn’t sure. It is that encouragement and belief that has kept me moving forward. I am very grateful to have had amazing men & women who I would class as mentors in my career, people who have shaped and helped my career to develop since starting in the property industry back in 2003.

“As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I want to be an example and encourage other woman to achieve things they might not have thought they could, helping to instil both confidence and a positive mindset. If I can help other women progress their career within the property sector, then I am delighted to do so. We are seeing more & more women breaking into the upper ranks of the industry, which is fantastic to see. It is important for younger woman coming into the industry to have strong female role models.”

Lucie Heanley, chief knowledge officer,, commented: “It’s a day where we celebrate together the contribution women bring to society, recognising those women who rewrote history for us and for generations of women to come. We must continue to honour the contributions of women, in all sectors and industries, so that there are examples of role models providing a trailblaze for the younger generation to step into and pursue their greatness with confidence.”

She added: “Personally, I strive to be my best every day and to be a role model for those young ‘sponges’ around me while they find their feet in this ever-changing world. However, this wouldn’t be possible without the many great female figures I have around me, supporting, listening, and championing. I always think that a woman alone has power, collectively we have impact.”

Emilie Despois, chief marketing officer,, said; “I feel privileged to have been born, raised and now working in part of the world where women can have the same career as men. Women before me have fought hard to give women equal rights to men. There are still some inequalities and there will always be things that will set men and women apart. But these challenges can be overcome if you have integrity and believe in yourself and your abilities. I have been raised by strong women in my family who taught me that nothing is impossible, and I believe this to be true. If you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything. But I am one of the lucky ones who can speak their mind in a safe environment.

“International Women’s Day for me is a day to celebrate the women who have fought to give women a voice and support the women who are still fighting for equal rights. To these women, you are allowing the next generation to live a better life and I will forever admire you.”

Phillipa Legg, chief operating officer,, commented: “Michelle Obama’s quote: ‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’, really resonates with me when I think about International Women’s Day. I have always focused on what I have personally wanted to achieve, and I am very lucky to have been supported by some extremely influential figures. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, and fearlessness to stand up and be a woman in power, especially in a male dominated industry. But for me, it is not about celebrating women once a year; as women in power, we are strongest when we cheer each other on, and I think the importance of supporting each other and continuing to change the way the world perceives women’s strength every day is how we inspire the next generation.”

Kim Rush, group operations manager,, said: “For me personally, I see International Women’s Day as a day to celebrate just how incredibly far we have come in the battle of gender equality. Changing how a woman’s value is perceived, particularly when it comes to decision making and job roles / positions of power, is so important. Gender does not determine a person’s capabilities. I particularly like the quote: ‘There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.’ –Ginger Rogers.”

She continued: “In recent years, I’ve had the privilege of working under two particularly incredible women in our industry; Phillipa Legg (our group COO) and Nicky Stevenson (MD of Fine & Country). It’s so refreshing to work under women in roles of power and decision making, especially in this ‘male heavy’ industry. For me, these fearless, intelligent, professional but also kind and caring women, are my role models who I look up to. They remind me daily why I should always aim higher and demonstrate exactly why there should be no divide, when it comes to men/women, at the top of our hierarchies.”

Jennifer Scott-Reid, chief people and development officer,, remarked: “What does International Women’s Day mean to me? Well not only has it been celebrated every year since 1911 [over 100 years] and gives an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. It’s also important that women in power inspire and encourage young women to climb the ladder of success and make the sky their limit.”

Via @PropertyIndustryEye