March 7, 2022, 5:08 p.m.
International Women's Day 2022
Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day 2022, this day represents the opportunity to embrace women all over the world for their achievements and promotion of equality. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias which encourages participants to focus on ‘Gender equality for today for a sustainable tomorrow’, calling for climate action for women, by women.
To celebrate the day, we have handpicked 5 inspirational women who have been key drivers in paving the way for the younger generation of women to dream big and achieve more within their careers.
1. Grace Beverly
Grace has been a fantastic inspiration to young people who are striving for success in the business world. Whilst attending Oxford University, Grace began to grow her online social media platform as a Fitness Blogger (Back then known as Grace Beverly). Grace has since used her platform to start up several businesses that include Shreddy, Tala and B_ND.
Grace recently revealed that she has secured sufficient business funding for her Sustainable Activewear brand, TALA, which fought against the tough statistics of only the minority of funding being awarded to female business owners, especially those from BAME communities.
2. Rita Sharma OBE
Rita Sharma OBE, was crowned the wealthiest Female Asian Entrepreneur in Britain, at the age of 47. Rita first launched her £120million travel business, Best at Travel, in 1987. Since the success of her business, Rita has continued to inspire women from all backgrounds to achieve their dreams, whilst sharing fantastic advice from her own experiences. The most important advice I give women is that there’s no such thing as a mistake in the creation of a business. Every decision you make is a learning experience, and the only real mistake you can make is not to try in the first place or to let one mistake stop you.
3. Dame Sharon White
Dame Sharon White is a British Businesswomen, who is currently the chair of the John Lewis Partnership. Sharon was previously the Chief Executive of the British media regulator Ofcom and was the first black person, and the second woman, to become a Permanent Secretary at the Treasury. Sharon has been recognised for her influence as one of the most powerful Black British people in the UK on a number of occasions, whilst also being the first Black woman to chair the iconic department store John Lewis.
4. Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd is an American entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of publicly traded Bumble, Inc, an online dating platform, launched in 2014. She was previously the vice president of marketing for Tinder. In 2021, Whitney stole headlines as she became the youngest self-made female billionaire. Whitney has continued to promote the message that being a successful hard-working woman, mother, and CEO, is achievable against all odds. She has shown this message through the development of her app, Bumble, with several features leading to Women being in control of the dating scene - encouraging them to make the first move and have more power over conversation.
5. Malala Yousafzai
From an education activist in Pakistan, to the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate - Malala has been fighting for girls education rights since the age of 11, she then suffered an attack on her life by the Taliban gunmen in 2012, which led to her being relocated to the UK where she studied at Oxford University and continued to become a leading advocate for Girl’s rights.