It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has not only had a severe impact on society, but hit businesses hard. Despite more women dominating the world of business, the pandemic seems to have affected them disproportionately.
Women are around a third more likely to work in a sector that was shut during lockdown, and 47% of women have either lost or quit their job. This, accompanied with the strain of childcare and household responsibilities have made it a tough few years for women who are eager to conquer the business world.
However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for women in business. To keep you inspired, we’ve listed the 10 most successful female entrepreneurs in the world who are taking the lead in the industry.
1. Sophia Amoruso
The Nasty Gal founder has had her fair share of knockbacks since starting her business at the age of 22, but still has the honour of being named one of the richest self-made women in the world by Forbes. Nasty Gal, a women’s fashion retailer, went on to be named one of the fastest growing companies by Inc.Magazine.
After stepping down as CEO in 2015, Sophia developed her new venture, Girlboss Media. A company that creates content for women with the aim of encouraging them to follow through with their personal and professional pursuits.
2. Huda Kattan
Huda Beauty’s synthetic and faux minx eyelashes quickly became the new ‘it’ product after being favoured by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and sold out within their first day of sales.
Huda started her beauty empire after struggling to find good quality false lashes as a freelance makeup artist and decided to create her own. The company has since expanded to skincare, with the launch of her new range Wishful, promoting natural, flowing skin.
3. Tory Burch
After gaining work experience in some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, Tory Burch decided to build her own fashion label in 2004. The brand started in just one retail store in Manhattan, however after Oprah Winfrey endorsed her line and called Burch ‘the next big thing in fashion’, her website received 8 million hits the next day.
The fashion designer is very involved in philanthropy and in June 2020, provided $5 million of clothing and 3,000 yards of fabric for face masks and hospital gowns to frontline workers.
4. Arianna Huffington
After co-founding the Huffington Post in 2005, Arianna moved on to create Thrive Global. A company that provides behaviour change technology and media to support people who are struggling with what she describes as ‘the global epidemic of stress and burnout.’
Arianna has also authored several books, with the most recent being The Sleep Revolution (2016)
5. JK Rowling
The British novelist is well known for having her fair share of obstacles and rejection in a “rags to riches” story whilst trying to publish her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book went on to be rejected 12 times by publishers, but quickly became an instant hit, turning the book series into films, merchandise, and even adventure parks.
Rowling, once a single parent, contributes to many charities which help to combat poverty and social inequality.
6. Vera Wang
It wasn’t until she designed her own wedding dress at the age of 40 that Vera Wang decided to start her own fashion label. After working as an editor at Vogue for 17 years, she resigned to become an independent bridal wear designer.
Her gowns have been worn by the likes of Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, and Victoria Beckham. The company has since expanded to jewellery, homeware and accessories.
7. Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart grew to stardom as a celebrity chef, and in 1997 created her media company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
8. Cath Kidson
Following a career in furniture design, Cath Kidson opened her own store in 1993 that sold vintage, British designs.
The store quickly became a huge success and is now a household name on the British high streets.
9. Angie Hicks
Finding a service provider in the middle of an emergency is hard! That’s why Angie Hicks found a huge gap in the market and created Angie’s List, helping you to find the ideal household service that is right for you at the click of a button.
10. Sarah Blakely
At 29, Blakely invested her entire life savings into trying to come up with something flattering to wear under her white trousers.
After facing rejection after rejection from investors, her company, Spanx, took off the ground when Oprah Winfrey announced that the new line of shaping underwear was one of her favourite things.
As an agency, we are passionate about women empowerment and we love recognising these super successful boss babes!
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