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Women’s Equality Day: Successful and Influential Businesswomen
Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day and marks 72 years since women in the US were legally allowed to vote; a significant turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights. Whether they grew up poor or faced challenges from men and other women in the workplace, these women had charisma, ideas, and innovation. We can only hope that their inspiration and success influences you to be the successful woman you are going to be. In this day and age, there are no limits to what women can do, and as we progress into the future, more and more women entrepreneurs and women CEO will step up and change the world. The piece covers the position of women in today’s workplace with some interesting facts regarding pay and gender equality. It also highlights some very inspirational women who have built successful careers in their fields and are well known for both their financial and professional prowess.
The infographic covers some of the most influential and successful women in business and the challenges they faced.
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BUSINESS WOMEN WHO BROKE THE MOULD
Successful and inspirational women in the world of business.
Entrepreneurs and leaders in business need to be driven, flexible, organised, and determined. With women in the workforce facing more issues than their male counterparts, succeeding can be more of an uphill struggle, but these women are an inspiration.
THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE OF WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
- Women make up 15.4% of CEO positions in the UK.
- 2.8 trillion pounds are generated annually from women-owned businesses.
- With the current rate, UK women would have to wait until 2069 for gender pay equality.
- Out of 196 countries in the world, 22 have female leaders.
- The three biggest gender pay gaps are in South Korea, Estonia, and Japan.
- The top 3 countries with the smallest gender pay gaps are Iceland, Finland, and Norway.
MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMEN
“The reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute, been money.”
Primarily known for being a talk show host, she is also a writer, actress, television producer, philanthropist, and all round media giant.
She had a dirt poor childhood and wore dresses made from potato sacks. Oprah’s name was supposed to be Orpah, but it was misspelled on her birth certificate.
She was made a news anchor at just 19, making her the youngest person to hold that position. In 2013 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (The US’s highest civilian honour) by President Barack Obama.
“Success is about confidence, but first comes outrage. If you’ve faced fears you also have to have courage to move yourself forward and step outside of your comfort zone, and I’m convinced great things will happen if you do.”
CEO of lingerie and adult sex toy chain Ann Summers.
When she first introduced the idea of lingerie parties to the Ann Summers she was met with hostility and told they wouldn’t work “because women aren’t even interested in sex”.
Awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise. Transformed Ann Summers into a £150m business with around 150 stores and a sale force of 7500 women as party organisers.
“I’m not telling women to be like men. I’m telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias.”
COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Facebook.
Sheryl has worked for the United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton and Google before moving to Facebook in 2008. Sheryl has 2 children with husband Dave Goldberg, who sadly died in May 2015 after sustaining a head injury while falling when on a family vacation.
Her first book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a bestseller. It was also shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Books of the Year Award. She has been ranked as one of the 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazines several times.
“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.”
Inventor of Spanx.
Sara used her entire life savings and moved to Atlanta to meet with several manufacturers, hoping to make a deal. Spanx were so successful that she never needed outside investment.
Sara was named the world’s youngest, self-made female billionaire by Forbes Magazine and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.
“You can’t determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up.”
Sporting Executive, Politician, Television Personality, Newspaper Columnist, Author, and Novelist.
She’s known as the “first lady of football” due to her being the first female managing director in the Premier league. She has surgery on a potentially life threatening cerebral aneurysm in 2006 and was back at work a month later, fully recovered.
She received a CBE in 2013 from the Queen for her services to the business, entrepreneurship, and women in business. She was made a life peer by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014, entering the House of Lords and taking the title Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge CBE.
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