It’s a wonderful time to be a woman in the UK; more of us than ever are going to university, 37.1% of women secured a place last year compared to 27.3% of men, and we’re showing our entrepreneurial spirit with a plethora of innovative start-ups. We’re challenging the archaic notion that men make better leaders by taking the leap into business ownership earlier in life, despite the fact we’re less likely to secure funding. If this doesn’t demonstrate true grit, an attribute celebrated by speaker Angela Lee Duckworth in her TED talk “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance” (which has clocked over 14 million views), we don’t know what is.
We must acknowledge these achievements and celebrate how far we’ve come; after all, it was only in 1985 that The Equal Pay (Amendment) Act allowed women to earn the same as men for work of equal value. We deserve to give ourselves, and our gutsy predecessors, a congratulatory pat on the back.