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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated annually on 8th March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world. International women’s day has been celebrated for well over a century, with the first one starting in 1911.

This day is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, and share stories of inspiring women.

We have such an inspiring mix of talent at DriveWorks, with women taking their places across all teams. We have a record number of women working at the company currently, and we are committed to supporting the learning and development of everyone in our team.

Maria Sarkar 

Vice President & Co-Founder, DriveWorks

Today, on International Women’s Day we’re taking a few moments to reflect on and celebrate women’s roles and achievements.

As Vice President & Co-Founder of double Queen’s Award-winning software development company, DriveWorks Ltd., and probably the oldest member of our team I also bring the perspective of how much life has changed for women.

My grandmother left school at the age of 14. She had wanted to continue her education, but had no choice, her mother had died, and her father said she must go out to work.

As a child I liked staying at my grandparents’, the kitchen was always warm, and full of great smells!

Gran put tasty food on the table, gave great hugs and kept the family united. I also distinctly recall her interest in current affairs. She kept up to date by reading the daily newspaper. She especially loved the business pages, she followed the stock market.

She encouraged me to be inquisitive, to be a good student, interested in commerce and in her words to “give yourself choices”.

Taking advantage of access to education was also reinforced from conversations with my dad. He’d come to the UK after the war to study printing and graphic arts. He managed a photo-lithography business.

My mum worked in the business too and I used to go to “the works”, after school and at weekends. I swept floors, used an ancient adding machine to total up columns and columns of numbers, went out on deliveries and always kept an eye on the white job tickets and dockets that today I recognize as the precursors to today’s Jira and Trello boards.

Dad was very interested in automation and new technologies. I remember a huge machine, a computer costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, being craned into a purpose-designed air-conditioned suite at “the works”. Ironically, the functionality it offered, can now be achieved using affordable photo-editing software that can be used by anyone! Technology is awesome!

So, super determined to continue my education, I packed my bags at 18 and embarked on a degree in Modern Languages. My studies took me to a new city, and I even spent my third year living in another country. What an experience that was, especially when at that time there were far fewer places for women at university.

My course gave me communication skills and life experiences so that by the time I graduated I knew my grandmother would be pleased to know that I had given myself more choices.

And remembering how the new technology introduced by my dad at “the works” heralded a new era for my parents and their staff, I have been excited to talk about and promote the adoption of new technology, CAD, 3D, digital transformation.

”I’m proud to be a female Co-founder and leader of an award-winning tech business today. And while International Women’s Day (IWD), is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world, it’s also an opportunity to give a shout out to our entire DriveWorks Team. Our business thrives on having a unique blend of, people, personalities, and talents. We believe there should be no barriers to achievement and the more we can all raise awareness of opportunities and equality the better.”

Maria Sarkar

Co Founder & VP, DriveWorks

It’s also great to see how women in manufacturing and engineering are creating a space to talk and celebrate other women in these industries. Hosted by Meaghan Ziemba, Mavens of Manufacturing is a live podcast that focuses on women in manufacturing and how they are changing the world.

DriveWorks is a company committed to providing opportunities to everyone. 2023 marks a record number of employees at the company and we are proud that women are present on every team. From sales, marketing, technical, development, operations, and systems- women are encouraged to learn, explore technology, and apply knowledge.

Several members of our team give talks in schools, colleges, and universities.

We’ve given Bridie, in her role as a Community Engagement & Onboarding Manager, dedicated time to work with our Local Enterprise Partnership and The Pledge, to promote careers in STEM.

Heather, our Brand & Community Ambassador, and Bridie are active worldwide in the SOLIDWORKS Community and are engaged hosts for DriveWorks Drivers and DriveWorks World.

Take a look at all of the talented women on the DriveWorks team…













A photo of Heather from the DriveWorks sales team



A photo of Lucy from the DriveWorks marketing team








We’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our team.

Check out our career opportunities page to learn more about careers at DriveWorks.