This year feels like a landmark year - 2018 marks the centenary of women gaining the right to vote, and we've seen seismic events like the #MeToo campaign, which have sought to address the place of women in society. 

This International Women's Day feels like a good time to stop and take stock of how much progress has been made, and how much there is still to do. The Fintech community are louder than ever, as the Paris Fintech Forum demonstrated. The event was overshadowed by the barrage of protests across social media, challenging the stark lack of diversity across the speakers.

So how can Fintech continue this momentum? One way you can contribute is to join the Fintech Parity Pledge and make the commitment to no longer stand for events that aren’t committed to diversity.

In the words of some inspirational female figures in Fintech:

‘There’s nothing more disruptive than a female voice in Fintech’, Liz Lumley, and ‘optimism is a force multiplier’, Marieke Flament of Circle.

I’m grateful that I can feel a change in the air and I remain optimistic for us all for 2018.

So let us continue to stand up, speak out and support our sisters.