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Celebrating International Women's Day

The choices we make as leaders, partners, parents and colleagues shape the lives of those around us. This International Women's Day, we're sharing the ways four Allens people are choosing to challenge the status quo to create a more inclusive world.

Felicity Rourke

Opportunity – for women and men – comes from being comfortable in your own skin. For me, that means being open about all the things in my life that make me who I am and seeing them not as a vulnerability but as an opportunity to connect with people on a deeper, more human level.

Nikki O'Leary

The days of there being a division between the you that exists at work and the you that exists at home are gone. For that to work well, it's important to let people have control of their own lives and to trust them to do what they want to do.

Patrick Boyle

I want to be a meaningful part of my daughter's life. I also want to support my wife and her career – by taking time off work myself, Julia has been able to return to her job earlier than she might have otherwise.

Emma McLaughlin

Looking back, when I first began I was probably guilty of feeling like my age or my unconventional professional background might act as some sort of hindrance. But my story shows that those factors don't matter, and your experiences outside of law will be both valued and useful in your legal career. I wouldn't change my quirky pathway to the law one little bit.

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