International Women's Day - #BeBoldForChange
Today is International Women's Day with the theme this year being #BeBoldForChange and the aim of helping forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world.
Being a female entrepreneur myself I obviously feel a part of this but it's not just about 'girl power' and 'you go girl' - to me it's about truly supporting and encouraging women to start, succeed and prosper in business. With motherhood quickly impending for me I'm finding myself more and more nervous about succeeding in business but I'm thankful to have amazing friends, family and industry colleagues as a support system.
Of course the challenges faced by women entrepeneurs are similar to those facing the small business community as a whole, but there are still specific and persistent barriers for too many women when setting up and growing their own business - including the gender pay gap, starting a family (which more often than not means raising children from home) and often a stigma that we’re only ‘good for’ certain types of business. You can find out more about IWD here.
Today I'm celebrating my female counterparts in business and want to spread the word to encourage more female entrepreneurs - we are the future! Below are just a few of the Women Entrepenerurs I find inspiring.
Charlotte O’Shea, Rock My Ltd. Queen of Blogging with the Rock My Ltd empire growing day by day. To say this lady is an inspiration is an understatement. She’s building a positive future and setting the BEST example of work ethic to her daughter Mabel.
Georgina Waterhouse, The W Agency. George is a friend of mine who has built up her fantastic copywriting business moving from Switzerland, to Italy, and back to the UK all whilst doing a stellar job of raising her baby boy. She has the most impressive clients under her belt and is always completely modest about her achievements. She offers a great support to Studio Seed too!
Penny Taggart, Bonnie Blackbird. Penny is another friend of mine who I met years ago at an industry event and we’ve become extremely close since. Penny’s story is beyond inspiring – she started her stationery business after the tragic loss of her Mother and it became a good distraction for her through the grief. She’s since built the business up t great heights and her products are stocked in WH Smith and Harrods to name a few! AND this is at the same time as having another ‘day job’ as well as various personal and health issues. Penny is truly inspiring and I’m so proud of her.
Kerry Lyons, Kerry Lyons Co and founder of The Imperfect Life. An incredible designer who I met through Instagram and various trade shows, Kerry runs her beautiful design-led stationery business, an incredible blog with the aim to squash ‘#failurefear’ AND raises a young daughter, all at the same time. We don’t know each other well but I’ve always been struck by her selfless supportive and motivating force!
Do you have any female entrepreneurs who inspire or support you? Also how do you balance Motherhood with succeeding in business? Let me know in the comments below!
p.s. I can really recommend taking a look at the inspirational ‘She Means Business’ site created by Facebook for further reading and some excellent resources.