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Infographic | Women in Business

1. Women on the Board

A Danish study found that companies with good numbers of women on the board outperformed those with no women

  • $ 17% Higher return on sales
  • $ 54% Higher return on invested capital

20% Leeds University Business School reports that having at least one female director on the board appears to cut a company's chances of going bust by about 20%. Having two or three female directors lowers the risk even more

2. Achievements: Women in the Workforce 

  • Women make up 47% of the UK workforce 
  • Eliminating gender discrimination in relation to occupation and pay
    could increase women's wages by about 50% and national output by 5%

3. Women and Entrepreneurship

  • 4% of women are engaged in entrepreneurial activity compare to 9% of men
  • If women set up businesses at the same rate as men, there would be an extra 150,000 start-ups in the UK each year

4. Women Have the Skills Employers Need

  • 63.6% of girls achieve 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent, including English and mathematics, GCSEs compared to 54.2% of boys
  • 63.7 women
  • 54.2% Men
  • 57% is the proportion of first degree graduates that are women
  • 50% of those on apprenticeships are women. The number of women doing apprenticeships has risen from 138,000 in 2009/10 to 330,000 in 2010/11
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 11N3 female graduates has a degree in health related studies or education, compared with only 1 in 11 male graduates
  • 11N5 female graduates has a degree in business and finance, sciences or
    engineering, despite almost half of degrees being in these subjects

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