The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship
Feminine Vitae (FV) met Robert Jenrick MP (then as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury) at the launch of the Alison Rose review of Female Entrepreneurship on the 8th March 2019. FV brought to the attention of the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, the issues faced by women affected by reproductive health conditions in the workforce and access to entrepreneuship support. He held the view that #Womencan achieve their full potential through entrepreneurship.
As Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP stated that : “Together we must fire up Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st Century and ensure no one is held back from realising their full potential.”
“Together we must fire up Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st Century and ensure no one is held back from realising their full potential.” Robert Jenrick MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
Women are less likely to pursue
For some women, entrepreneurship become an alternative career path. The Alison Rose Review highlights that women do not lack ability or ambition; yet only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female with ~6% of UK women running their own businesses, compared to ~15% of women in Canada, almost ~11% of women in the US, and over ~9% of women in Australia and the Netherlands.
The Alison Rose review has found five key barriers that lead to lower rates of entrepreneurship amongst women but has also recommended 8 initiatives that target different stages of the entrepreneurial journey from start up to scale up have also been identified, and these will have both a direct and indirect impact on female entrepreneurs. The government announced its intent to help increase the number of female entrepreneurs by 50 percent by 2030, which can bring nearly 600,000 additional female entrepreneurs into the system.
Overcoming the barriers faced by UK women entrepreneurs
The review provides some recommendations to overcome the barriers faced by UK female entrepreneurs. These recommendations include : 1)increase funding directed towards female entrepreneurs; 2)Provide greater family care support for female entrepreneurs; 3)Making entrepreneurship more accessible for women.
Making entrepreneurship more accessible for women
Making entrepreneurship more accessible for women and increasing
support locally, through relatable and accessible mentors and networks.
Baroness Oona King, endometriosis warrior with a career
In a 2015 article published in the Guardian, Baroness King, former Labour MP, speaks frankly about how having endometriosis affected her at work. Her condition affected her in a variety of ways from forcing her to cancel appointments to causing her to require hospitalisation. She recounted being carried out of the House of Commons on a stretcher and being in so much pain that she could not get up off the floor in her party offices. She also noted that what made the difference for her as an MP was the support and understanding of some of her fellow MPs both male and female.
So this is an inspirational example to all women out there, especially those affected by reproductive health conditions, YOU CAN break glass ceilings. If you are committed to your goals, nothing can stop you.