Same But Different is a platform for women everywhere to share their story of what it means to be a woman who works.
In the UK, imagery and language about women in work tend to focus on the experience of just a few – typically, white women working in corporate roles – whilst reinforcing unrealistic expectations of what it is to be a woman who works.
But our experiences at work are influenced by multiple aspects of our identity – race, age, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, disability, income, culture, religion, health and more. Our sex or gender may be the same, but our identities, our successes and our struggles are different.
This is a project about intersectionality – a way of understanding the intersection where different parts of our identity meet and how this can result in different, unique forms of privilege or exclusion. Intersectionality means that a black woman’s experience of the workplace may be different to that of a white woman. A middle class woman may face inequality, but it may differ from that of a working class woman. A disabled woman’s experience of exclusion may not be the same as that of a woman who is not disabled.
Same But Different uses imagery and narrative to share the stories of working women whose voices are often least heard. Do you have a story to tell? Help us challenge the ways in which working women are portrayed in the UK today.
If you would like to be part of the Same But Different digital project, please click the button below and share your story and photograph with us. For the story, you can write up to 300 words, and you could include:
- How you would describe your identity.
- What the idea of ‘intersectionality’ or having multiple identities means to you (for example, social class, ethnicity).
- Challenges you may face as a result of your identity, at work and/or outside work.
- Experiences you have had that are unique to your identity, both at work and outside work.
- If you see yourself represented in the media or in positions of power and authority in the workplace.
- What actions need to be taken – by employers, media, society – to ensure all women are included in the gender equality debate.
Please also include a photograph of yourself. If you'd prefer not to show your face, you could hide your identity in the photograph.
We may edit your story to fit the webpage and share the final version with you before publishing.
Data Protection Statement
You have the right to know how we use your personal information. It is important that you read the information below before you submit your story and photo.
Leonora Saunders hosts the Same but Different stories on this website on behalf of Business in the Community (BITC). This website does not hold personally identifiable data, however, participants in the Same But Different project should be aware that by providing the information contained within this form, you consent to BITC holding this information confidentially.
Your data will be held in BITC’s Same But Different email inbox. Any personally identifiable data, such as your name or email address, will be removed from your story so that it can be published on this website. When sharing positive outcomes and case studies, we will always anonymise who it belongs to, unless we gain your permission to use your details. At any point during or following your participation in Same But Different, you have the right to request your information (story and photo). This is called Subject Access Request (SAR). In order to raise a SAR please contact Chloe.Chambraud@bitc.org.uk for information. If you would like us to remove your story and photo, we will remove them promptly at your request. if you do not request this, your anonymised story may be used by us indefinitely. Personally identifiable data in the inbox will be destroyed within 3 years of your submission.
BITC is registered for data protection with the Information Commissioner’s Office, registration number Z9315854.
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I consent to all of the information which I disclose on this form (including sensitive information relating to my physical or mental health or any unspent criminal convictions) being used and shared for the purposes set out in the data protection statement above.