The Scottish charity ‘Smalls For All’ is paving the way in strengthening a similar sense of likeness amongst women on a global level, through a unique connection. The charity distributes unwanted underwear from the United Kingdom amongst poverty stricken African regions, as items which are often taken for granted in our country are given to those in need. As a result, the charity sent 54,900 bras and pants out to Uganda, Zambia and Malawi in May.
Abra Wynn, co-founder of Pastille Beauty Bar and Marion Lawrence who manages The PA Hub were both nominated for the ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2018’ accolade. Meanwhile, Beamish Museum depicted the region’s historical ties with the 100-year anniversary of votes for women. Curators at the attraction enacted women’s efforts in the First World War, stepping away from the household and entering the workplace. This began the ongoing dialogue of the gender pay gap, a contemporary issue which women face in our society.
Westminster addressed the matter in April, and the Equal Pay Legislation made it necessary for employers with 250+ members of staff to submit the salary figures for all employees. Women imposed upon constitutions with demands as the year went on, exemplified in Ireland by the vote to repeal the 8th Amendment on the country’s abortion laws. Campaigners dominated social media, and it provoked a landslide response of over 2 million votes counted.
Meanwhile within the legal sector, the largest survey ever conducted into gender equality was carried out; it coincided with International Women’s Day, and to follow suit it found that women have outnumbered men as practising solicitors in England and Wales. Christina Blacklaws, Vice President of the Law Society stated her determination in attaining equality, and she commended the encouragement for women to take on leadership roles through in-house schemes.
Back in the North a major entrepreneurial victory came from Kirstie Kimmins of the Naked Deli health kitchen, as she secured an investment of £2.5 million. Following the successes of her Gosforth and Heaton branches, her profits are set to ‘take off’, with the opening of her Deli franchise in Newcastle International Airport. The climate of health-conscious consumption is yet to cool off it seems, as the outlet will offer an array of delicious gluten, dairy and meat free meals to travelers and commuters alike.
In order to replicate the successes of women such as Kimmins, Theresa May has approved a Downing Street Committee into the problems which face businesswomen. It stems from the publication of an open letter, entitled ‘Women Mean Business’, which outlined the aim to resolve any inhibiting factors for upcoming entrepreneurs, and overall to expand economy involvement.
So, lets continue this wave of female productivity in the second half of 2018…. Whoever means business, runs the world… (girls).