Welcome back to another Freedom Works blog and we hope last week’s blog on Towns and cities in the UK leading economic growth gave you food for thought and reflection on your businesses current location?

This week, like many many businesses and millions of individuals all around the world, we are preparing to celebrate International Women’s Day and what better way to recognise the day than to reflect on some powerful women, host some celebratory events and spread some positive vibes?

The theme for International Women's Day 2020 is #EachforEqual and it is based around everyone working towards a gender equal world.

The team at Forbes have recently been busy gathering intel on some of the top business people in the world and this includes The World’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Business.

So according to Forbes, who are the top 5 women who are forever succeeding in the business world?

  1. First is Angela Merkel. Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as the chancellor of Germany since 2005. The inspiring 65 year old  served as the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018.

  2. Second is President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde. Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French politician and lawyer serving as President of the European Central Bank since November 2019. Between July 2011 and November 2019, she served as chair and managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

  3. Third is Nancy Pelosi who is a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, United States. Nancy amazingly is the first woman in U.S. history to hold this position and is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

  4. Fourth comes President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Ursula  has been President of the European Commission since 1 December 2019. She served in the federal government of Germany from 2005 to 2019 as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel's cabinet.

  5. Last but most certainly not least on our snippet of the list is  Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Mary Teresa Barra is an American businesswoman. She has been the chair and CEO of General Motors Company since January 15, 2014, and she is the first female CEO of a major automaker.

To find out the other 95 business women featured on Forbes list visit: https://www.forbes.com/power-women/#5d7492845e252

What are we doing here at Freedom Works to celebrate the day?

Both our Chichester and Worthing spaces are hosting special events in celebration of the day.

On Wednesday, March 5th visitors can enjoy a Tropic Skincare pamper evening and the following evening Chichester will be hosting a pop up event to support several local business women with their ventures. From cheesecakes to clothing, jewellery to skincare, there is something to make every women feel empowered and pampered! To find out more simply visit our website and come along to our events- *helpful tip: THEY ARE FREE!* 

So to wrap up this week’s blog we decided to provide you all with some shocking stats so did you know?

  • It will take 108 years to close the gender gap- The World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap report revealed that due to current progress it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity.

  • According to McKinsey’s estimates- If we closed the wage and participation gaps (such that women around the world participated in labor markets at the same rate as men), it would add $28 trillion to the global economy by 2025.

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