“My persuasion can build a nation | Endless power, with our love we can devour… | How we’re smart enough to make these millions | Strong enough to bear the children | Then get back to business”
Beyonce, ‘Run the World’
Well said Queen-Bey! Because the truth is women leaders are fierce, clever, innovative, driven and hard working, but they’re also caring, passionate and provide an inspiration to other women in business to pursue their dreams.
Unfortunately though, 96% of young female leaders believe gender to be a barrier to women’s professional success. It’s not really surprising, as Australia still hasn’t effectively addressed the pay gap, lack of women in leadership roles, and flexibility and work-life-balance are still major issues.
The good news is, a recent global study puts Australia as the equal second best place for female entrepreneurs, alongside Canada, across 31 countries. With a growing number of ‘women in business’ networks, such as She Business, Leaders In Heels and AusMumpreneur across the nation, women are now better supported and equipped than ever to become successful in business.
To celebrate the movers and shakers of the business world, see three of our favourite Aussie female entrepreneurs, across different industries.
1. Code Like a Girl founder, Ally Watson
Code Like a Girl is the brainchild of the energetic and brilliant Ally Watson, who has been working as a web developer in a man’s world for half a decade. The lack of gender representation in her industry lead her to create Code Like a Girl – a monthly meet up and regular blog for girls, offering support, encouragement and inspiration. It also highlights and showcases local talent, so that girls have role models to aspire to. At this stage, the meet-ups are in Melbourne only, but Ally wants to take CLAG nationwide.
2. The Renegade herself, Lisa Messenger
Owner, founder and leading game changer, Lisa Messenger is a force to be reckoned with. A successful publisher for over 12 years, Lisa shot into our lives (in particular, my bedside table, handbag and now monthly into my letterbox) through her magazine, The Collective. In the ‘print is dead’ era, The Collective can now be found in living rooms, offices and newsagency shelves in 30 countries around the world! The lifestyle mag provides a monthly dose of inspiration for entrepreneurial and creative minds with the collective drive to challenge the status quo.
3. Envirobank Founder, Narelle Anderson
Inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network 2015 Hall of Fame, Narelle Anderson is one inspiring lady. She turned her passion for protecting the environment into an innovative business venture: reverse vending machines. Envirobank Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) enable people to dispose of aluminium cans and PET plastic bottles, make a difference to the environment and redeem rewards or cash. The concept won the United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Award in 2012 and the RVMs are now available across South Australia and the Northern Territory.
“Who run the world? Girls!”