Ignoring past traditions, the Sultan of Yogyakarta has become an unlikely champion for equality by making his eldest daughter heir apparent.
In the 1980s, being a woman running a business was enough of a challenge in itself, but the fact that I was a woman and operating in construction was a complete anomaly.
Now in its 12th year, the First Women Awards, co-founded by Real Business and the CBI, were held on 22 June in a glittering ceremony hosted by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan at the Lancaster Hotel – and what a night it was!
In 2015 we saw the alternative finance market grow to £3.2bn with a range of different crowdfunding and peer-to-business lending platforms entering the space. However, there is still a lack of awareness amongst business owners of the alternative options available to them, particularly when it comes to women.
Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller.
Emily Rawson got her first taste of DJing as a teenager, dabbling with her friend’s set of decks, which prompted her to get her own set. That £150 investment has grown into flourishing nightlife operation Supa Dupa Fly, and Rawson is about to launch the brand’s debut music festival – skipping the UK scene for sunny Santorini.
Having started a shoe business to change an industry that insists on putting women through pain, I couldn’t believe it when I heard that someone was told to leave the office for neglecting to wear high heels.
By not supporting British women who want to start a business, the UK is missing out on a £10.1bn economic boost, according to research from Facebook. As such, it's teamed with the Federation of Small Businesses and British Chambers of Commerce to bring females into enterprise.
Raymond Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tennis tournament, recently resigned from his role after claiming women playing the sport were incredibly lucky to take part. But it’s not the first time a boss put his foot in his mouth when addressing females.
Unilever wants to empower five million women in its network by 2020. Advancement opportunities, skills development and expansion routes are some of the tools it is using to accomplish this vision.
In a world where it’s been estimated that it will take 100 years to achieve gender equality, facilities management services provider Sodexo prides itself on having a culture focused on providing a fair and diverse environment where employees can thrive and grow.
Edging closer to its target for gender balance in the upper echelons of management, Sky is committed to developing and supporting its female executive pipeline through its Women in Leadership initiative.