From the UK's first RAF engineering graduate to the woman leading one of the UK's biggest infrastructure projects, here are six remarkable stories of pioneering women.
Women cannot have it all. Government must subsidise childcare. In the build-up to the 2012 First Women Awards (nominations close on April 13), a fascinating conversation with pioneering businesswomen, Taylor Nelson founder Dr Liz Nelson OBE.
Trailblazing businesswoman Dr Liz Nelson, First Women Awards Lifetime Achievement winner in 2011, says that this week's Cranfield research into women's representation in UK boardrooms reinforces the need for formal quotas.
On the day that EU commissioner Viviane Reding launched a proposal for imposing Europe-wide quotas to get more women on companies' boards, a room-full of trailblazing women in London discussed doing it for themselves.
The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd doubts whether the UK will be next in line to have a female prime minister.