At Retrospecced we are always celebrating women and the power they hold in the sustainable small business market.
But March is the time to highlight women all the more.
After recently honoring International Women’s Day, and with Mother’s Day around the corner, we want to show our love for all things women in business.
Women are great!
International Women’s Day always gets us raving about the incredible women around us. And it is important that we do!
More often than not, we don’t appreciate women’s achievements enough. We fail to recognise the ways in which women juggle their home lives and their careers, and we don’t highlight the inequalities between men and women in the workplace enough.
What’s more, women themselves are statistically more likely to undervalue their own work. In fact, ‘women have lower capabilities perceptions than men. […] [and they] have, on average, a greater level of fear of failure than men.’
Therefore, it is so important that we support each other and nurture new ideas. Whether local or global, whether big or small; regardless of whether ideas look to the future or are more fleeting, we must celebrate the achievements of female minds. Retrospecced’s Lucy is our very own example…
Get to know Lucy!
Although a full time geologist working for Cornish Lithium, Lucy also found the time to set up Retrospecced with Mum Tracey and has never looked back. She strives to always put sustainaility first and to be at the forefront of alternative ideas that challenge the norm.
‘I’m so proud of being an entrepreneur – and of founding Retrospecced alongside my incredible mother. She is my ultimate role model, not only is she the nicest person you’ll ever meet but she’s a strong and compassionate business woman. I’m learning so much from working alongside her!’
From two generations of women to three!
With the recent addition of baby Matilda to the Retrospecced team, we have also been thinking more than ever about the legacy women leave behind them and the amazing power we have to make change – both big and small.
Leanr more about our mother-daughter team here!
Whilst women were once leaders in the domestic space only, they now – increasingly so – are pioneers in business and commerce. In fact, ‘in the US, 40% of businesses are women-owned.’
It is a different world for young girls to grow up in. A world full of opportunity and hope. A world where the future of Retrospecced – and other similar small businesses – will likely be in the hands of the next generation of young women.
Women are taking charge!
Women are striving out on their own and are taking charge, calling the shots and making the decisions. ‘The number of women in the UK becoming self-employed is unprecedented. Historically, women have made up just over a quarter of the self-employed, but since […] 2008 […] 58% of the newly self-employed have been female.’
What’s more, ‘UK Women’s businesses have a higher churn rate (ie. more start-ups and closures)’ meaning that more and more women aren’t afraid to try something new and take a risk. This is an exciting prospect.
What has started to grow over the last decade or so is only going to blossom as time goes on. We will see individual, determined and creative female minds come together to think up innovative solutions that step outside of the box.
Women are the drivers of small business – especially in the fashion market (which is something we looked at this time last year!) – and as the need to protect our planet greatens, and as a new generation of thinkers – like Matilda! – start putting their heads together, things are only going to grow.
The future of women in business certainly looks bright.
Let’s not forget the women who raised us!
Whilst on the subject of all things female empowerment, how could we forget to mention the women who raised us and inspired us. Mothers Day could be made extra special this year with a vintage gift with a difference. Give them something that symbolises thinking outside the mainstream, looking after the planet and intergenerational female creativity.