It seems us girls have really caught the headlines in recent weeks.
From Lord Davies’s review calling for more diversity in the boardroom, and the Office for National Statistics unemployment figures revealing women have been the hardest hit, to the BBC’s Woman’s Hour launching its own business series.
And while it’s great to read stories about women in the workplace, why should it be such a hot topic? ‘Men at work’ isn’t exactly front page news; so why women?
Because, despite significant progress, it’s still relatively unusual and therefore newsworthy. Particularly in professions such as accountancy, engineering, politics and the law.
I’ve been a business woman for nearly 20 years. Note: I am a business woman and not a woman in business, in much the same way men are business men and not men in business. And two years ago I voluntarily jumped off the corporate ship into more attractive entrepreneurial waters.
As a result my business network focus shifted from the City to Surrey and I ventured out and about locally to meet other like-minded business women. However, the serious business women networking community I sought wasn’t there.
So I volunteered to become co-chair of the newly relaunched Surrey Chambers of Commerce Business Women in Surrey group and our first flagship event is taking place next month. If you’re a woman who means business, why not come along. But be quick; it’s almost sold out!