It’s a government that has frequently been criticised for a lack of female presence at cabinet level, especially on the business front. There are currently only two female ministers at the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills, out of a possible nine – with Jo Swinson the most senior in her role as parliamentary under secretary for employment relations and consumer affairs.Combined with a fact that only five of 22 cabinet ministers are women, it begs the question of whether the female voice is being heard at the top. The growing success of female entrepreneurs and business leaders has been showcased by the annual Real Business First Women Awards since 2005, and is set to receive added attention though our inaugural First Women Summit on 4 February 2015. Read more about the First Women Awards:
- Voice of RB First Women: Can we have it all?
- How winning the First Women in Business Award changed my life
- First Women Awards 2014: Winners revealed
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