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The everywoman journey…

1999

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everywoman launches with a mission to advance women in business and support organisations with their gender diversity goals.

1999

2000

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Government publishes Listening to Women strategy

2000

2001

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National Conference programme launched with IBM. The largest one-day event of its kind for female entrepreneurs coming together to learn, be inspired and grow their network.

2001

2002

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Introduction of Sex Discrimination Act

2002

2003

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The everywoman Awards are launched.  The Awards created a platform to uncover, share and amplify the diverse array of businesses that women were running and the stories of ordinary women achieving extraordinary success. 

 Dame Mary Perkins becomes patron. 

 

2003

2003

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Employers required to consider flexible working for parents of young children and introduction by the then Labour government of two weeks of statutory paid paternity leave – the first such provision for new fathers in the UK

2003

2005

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Discrimination Law Review
Female employment in UK at 66.8%
2005

2006

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Introduces corporate leadership and development programme.

As of 2024, everywoman has trained over 200k people.

2006

2006

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Equality Act establishes Equality and Human Rights commission; Work and Families Act extends paid maternity leave and right to request flexible working

2006

2007

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Maternity leave extended from 26 to 39 weeks; Gender Equality Duty introduced

2007

2008

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Launch of everywoman in Retail Awards and everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards
2008

2008

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Financial Crisis: fewer businesses were started; many businesses laid off employees or closed outright, and commercial lending drastically decreased

2008

2009

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  10-year manifesto published.
Founders Karen Gill and Maxine Benson are awarded MBE for services to women’s enterprise.
2009

2010

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In 2010, together with one hundred women – our founding muses and patrons – Modern Muse was launched. The mission was to shine a spotlight on these amazing women from all walks of life, to share their stories so that every girl, everywhere, could see that an interesting, challenging and rewarding career was within her grasp.
2010

2010

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Equality Act; women’s employment at 65.5%
2010

2011

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Launch of everywomanAmbassadors, connecting senior women in business
Launch of everywoman in Technology Awards and everywoman in Tech Forum
2011

2011

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12.5% of FTSE 100 board positions are held by women. Lord Davies’ report recommends min 25% women board members in FTSE 100 and tasks FTSE 350 members to set targets.
2011

2012

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Launch of everywomanNetwork, a digital learning platform
Launch of the everywoman Customer Growth Programme: enabling customer facing teams to understand and connect with their female customer base in a way that ensures their business can thrive
2012

2013

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Produces Focus on the Pipeline report.
everywoman Co-founds Black British Business Awards.
2013

2014

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Shared parental leave introduced; legislation to allow same-sex marriage takes effect
2014

2015

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Retaining and Advancing Women in Business: A Model For Success report
2015

2015

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Female employment in UK at 68.6% and UK businesses invest £40.2billion in employee training
2015

2016

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Launches everywoman of Influence Training Programme to equip women with the skills to pivot to the next level of leadership
2016

2016

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Hampton Alexander Review sets target for women to fill 33% executive FTSE 100 positions; Gender Pay Gap reporting mandatory for businesses of 250+ employees
2016

2017

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Launch of everywoman in Travel Awards
Modern Muse granted charitable status; Women’s Business Council recognises everywoman’s commitment to advancing women in business
2017

2018

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everywoman expands internationally with events in North America and India.
2018

2018

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29% of FTSE 100 board positions are held by women
#TimesUp – global movement calls on all women to stand in solidarity against sexual harassment in the workplace; government opens first consultation on ethnicity pay
2018

2019

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everywoman appoints Advisory Board to support global expansion
2019

2019

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Report reveals that up to £250 billion of new value could be added to the UK economy if women started and scaled new businesses at the same rate as
UK men. Brexit: Uk withdraws from the Eu
2019

2020

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 Rapidly expands digital programme for the technology, retail, entrepreneurs and T&L industries.
everywoman Tech Hub launched – a platform to provide skill-based learning, connections and support for women working in STEM to accelerate their career.
The everywoman Impact Report published to celebrate 21 years.
2020

2020

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Women’s employment in UK at 72.4% – a record high
Global COVID-19 pandemic
The everywoman Impact Report publishes to celebrate 21 years
2020

2021

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everywoman Tech Hub launched – a platform to provide skill-based learning, connections and support for women working in STEM to accelerate their career.
2021

2021

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Road Haulage Association (RHA) survey of its members estimates there is now a shortage of more than 100,000 qualified drivers in the UK post-COVID.
2021

2022

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Celebrates 20th everywoman Entrepreneur Awards and 15th everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards
2022

2022

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UK Tech Sector worth $1trillion
Of the UK’s multi billion pound venture capital funding, female entrepreneurs routinely received less than a 2% share of the investments made each year.
2022

2023

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Launches Big Solutions for Smaller Budgets; suite of training products and resources for SMEs
2023

2023

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UK saw more female founders than ever, following an unprecedented 164,000 incorporations at Companies House, the highest number on record for a single calendar year.
2023

2024

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everywoman publishes The Wellbeing/ Advancement Equation: Solving for a Gender-Balanced Workplace in collaboration with Bupa
2024

2024

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40% of UK FTSE board positions are held by women
2024

2024

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everywoman celebrates 25th anniversary – changing the world of work for women.
 
 
2024

2020 Impact Report

2020 marked the 21st anniversary of everywoman’s launch, and to celebrate we reflected on the work we’ve being doing over the past two decades to help bring about record levels of female employment and drive down the gender gap in the workplace. 

We are delighted to share this with you in our Impact Report.

Reviewing how far we have come to date made us more determined than ever to continue on our mission.  A mission to create a future where economic and societal change is achieved by unlocking female potential, creating diverse and inclusive workforces that drive innovative and profitable business.

Our Impact Report is also testament to the fact that none of our hard-won milestones could have been achieved without the incredible, unrelenting support of countless individuals and organisations who share our mission.

We hope you enjoy reading the report as much as we enjoyed remembering all the amazing people and events we have worked with and had an impact on so far…