Women in Business

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The empowerment of women has a far-reaching impact on their own lives, their families and communities, and society as a whole. Women who are empowered to make choices in all areas of their lives, have greater control over their health, their careers and their quality of life.


In my experience, the corporate environment today is a much more enabling one for women than in the past. Even though the gender breakdown still favours men, the general attitude towards women has certainly changed for the better. Of course, there are still some men who find it difficult to take orders from women, but I do not think that is ever going to completely go away.


Women can learn the ins and outs of becoming entrepreneurs when private higher education institution MANCOSA’s Centre for Women in Leadership hosts a virtual masterclass on Saturday 11 September from 11am.


As we explain in our soft skills training course, “Business Skills for South African Women”, women bring something different to organisations. They’ve got multipurpose life and work experiences and through this offer more versatility than their male counterparts.


Despite concerted efforts to narrow the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, major inequalities persist. According to UNESCO, women account for a mere 28% of those pursuing STEM careers in Sub-Saharan Africa, below the global average of 30%.


The world has made unprecedented advances, sending a robot to explore the surface of Mars, and  creating vaccines to end a pandemic. Despite this, no country has achieved gender parity. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, full economic parity is 257 years away!


There are many quotes about the strength, power and potential of women, but perhaps one of the best comes from one of our own African leaders. Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda said, “The seeds of success in every nation on Earth are best planted in women and children”. There is a growing body of proof to back up this claim, and illustrate why there needs to be greater representation of women at all levels in business, government and civil society.


Women usually take a break from their careers because of personal reasons like: starting a family; attending to a loved one either in old age or sickness; getting married or relocating.


The popular TV series Mad Men tells the fictional stories of the cutthroat advertising industry in the 1960s. 


In the financial services industry, as seniority level increases, diversity declines. 

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