I came across a list of facts about women, enterprise and equality the other day which made me think that as women, we still have a long way to go to achieve equality….

  • Women's enterprise contributes an estimated £60 billion annually to the gross value added to the UK economy
  • According to BERR, there are 3.7 million self employed people in UK and 27% are women
  • Self employed men who work full time have a mean total annual income of around £31,000. It is £21,000 for self employed women who work full time
  • 7% of start ups in England and Wales are by entrepreneurs under 25 years old
  • Women of mixed ethnicity are two and a half times more entrepreneurial than white women
  • 34.4% of public appointments are held by women
  • 9.6% of Judges are women
  • It will take, at the present rate, 73 years to achieve an equal number of female directors of FTSE 100 companies, and 200 years to achieve an equal number of female MPs
  • Female millionaires in UK are predicted to outnumber male millionaires by 2020
  • Childcare costs are 33% of average earnings
  • There is a shortage of registered childcare places – there are only places for 25% of children under 8 years old.