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International Women’s Day 2020: Monica Mendez Aneiros, Green Room Bar Manager

International Women’s Day 2020: Monica Mendez Aneiros, Green Room Bar Manager

5 March 2020


Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020 on Sunday 8 March, we are catching up with — and celebrating — the women behind The Actors Centre. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Each for Equal; promoting that an equal world is an enabled world. Next up in our series is Monica Mendez Aneiros, Green Room Manager who shares the empowering advice she received from her mother, as well as tells us more about the women who inspire her. 

Tell us a little bit about your role at The Actors Centre. 

I am the Manager at The Green Room. My role at The Actors Centre is making sure that the bar runs smoothly every day. My relationship with our members and our visitors is very important. I work along with The Actors Centre’s Team to make sure that we offer a cozy space to those who visit us every day. 
 

Who is a woman that you admire?

I must name two women here, both of them play a very important role in my life. One of them is my mum Mary. I grew up listening to my mum telling me to always be myself, and don’t forget who I am and where I am coming from. At the age of 25 she was married and with three daughters, as well as running her own business. The other woman is Iberia Torres Abelaira. She has been the person who trusted me the most in my photography career. But I admired her because she is a very determined person, and a hard worker. She started with photography at a late age, but didn’t stop her from going really fast. In the last five years she self-published two books. She is still going and about to start another project. 
 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in the industry today?  

Sexism. In many roles, and at the eyes of men, women are weak and not up to the job. A lot of the time women's ideas are ignored. However, if the same idea is expressed by a male colleague, his is taken into consideration straight away. 
 

Who is a woman from history that you admire? 

Tove Jansson, artist, painter, writer, and the creator of The Moomins. I discovered her for the first time when I first visited Finland a few years ago. I have read some of the books she wrote for adults and I liked her way of writing and telling the stories; they make me feel alive somehow.
 

What piece of advice would you give to young women entering the workforce today?

The same as my mum has given me for the last 45 years, “be yourself and don’t forget who you are. Follow your dreams and don’t listen to anyone who puts you down. You are as good as anyone else.” 
 

What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue facing women’s equality today?

Harassment is, for me, one of the most pressing issues. It makes me upset, angry and frustrated that men still think they can go away with it. 

This article is part of a series ahead of International Women's Day, where will profile one staff member a day ahead of 8 March. Click here to explore more. 


This article is part of a series ahead of International Women's Day, where will profile one staff member a day ahead of 8 March. Click here to explore more. 

 


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