As the leading and fast growing community for Accomplished and Emerging Leaders in retail, we are increasingly being approached to contribute to the dialogue on some of the most important factors impacting retail in today’s climate. We welcome the opportunity to engage with the topics that matter most to our Members and their businesses.
What does the state of the high street mean for women?
Headlines talk of the death of the high street and over 21 000 retail jobs have been put at risk so far this year.
Store closures, liquidation and the announcements keep on coming.
So what does this mean for women, who make up the majority of shoppers and retail workers?
Retail is a highly female sector. Women are involved in 90 per cent of all purchase decisions, and of the almost three million people working in retail, over 60 per cent are female. Yet despite this, just 10 per cent of those in the retail boardroom are female.
So what does the state of the high street and the growth of online mean for women – as consumers, as employees, and as entrepreneurs?
IN THE PRESS
Women at work: a study of women’s experiences across the tech and retail sectors - Fujitsu UK
Almost four in ten businesses in G7 countries have no women in senior management positions. So, we joined forces with Fujitsu to collect stories from three working women in order to see how their experiences measure up to the numbers.READ MORE
Retail Week Analysis: Why is UK grocery dominated by men?
The vast majority of household purchases are driven by women, yet this customer split is not reflected in the make-up of the major supermarket executive teams.READ MORE
The Huffington Post UK: Forget trying to justify the gender pay gap, here's why the myths around equal pay are wrong
Why Women’s ‘pessimism’ isn’t to blame for the gender pay gap, deeply ingrained sexism is.READ MORE
DRAPERS RECORD: Off the record ~ Women First
Women in Retail hosted an evening for upcoming female leaders at Fujitsu’s head office in London.READ MORE
DRAPERS RECORD: TOP 100 - A HARD TRUTH ABOUT DIVERSITY IN FASHION RETAIL
This year’s Drapers Top 100 list of the most influential people in fashion retail but what is noticeable this year is the lack of diversity at the top of larger fashion multiples.READ MORE
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: WOMEN ARE STILL MISSING OUT ON TOP JOBS
Although retail leads the way in achieving gender diversity at non-executive board level, only 15% of 45 retail chief executive officers hired in 2015 were women.READ MORE
BUSINESS REVIEW EUROPE: New study explains massive gender inequality in retail boardrooms
New research has revealed and explained why women are being side-lined from executive positions in retail companies.READ MORE
DRAPERS RECORD: Next founder calls for more women in top retail jobs
George Davies has called for more women to be appointed to the executive positions in retail.READ MORE
THE GUARDIAN: More women in top jobs would help high street, says Next founder
Retail grandee George Davies has called for more women to be appointed to top jobs in British fashion.READ MORE
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: What's holding back women at the top of the retail sector?
The retail sector is dominated by women – and yet not in the boardroom.READ MORE
PROFESSIONAL JEWELLER: Gender disparity amongst retail executive teams
The launch of a Gender report released by consultancy Elixirr and Women in RetailREAD MORE
THE WINE MERCHANT: Independent Trade is still dominated by men
Women are under-represented in independent wine retailing, analysis by The Wine Merchant has confirmed.READ MORE
RETAIL WEEK: Sir Ian Cheshire: Mentoring helps women get ahead in retail
It’s easy to forget that gender diversity is still an issue, especially in the retail industry.READ MORE
RETAIL WEEK: How retailers can foster more women leaders
Women make up 60% of retail’s workforce yet just 10% of executive boards. Retail Week asks what can be done to ensure gender diversity.READ MORE
CITY AM: Women must have a crucial role in saving the high street
Retailers will breathe a sigh of relief today as the joint British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG.READ MORE
DRAPERS RECORD: Women in Retail expands with emerging leaders' scheme and relaunched site
Women in Retail, the networking community group for females working in the retail industry at board and senior director level.READ MORE
THE TELEGRAPH: BHS COLLAPSE PUTS CHARLES DICKENS CHILDRENS' CHARITY IN HARD TIMES
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) were our chosen charity at the Women in Retail Christmas Drinks 2016.READ MORE
TV & RADIO
BBC Radio 4, Today Programme
Our media coverage of our Gender Diversity study on BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme. June 2016
BBC Radio 5, Wake up to Money
Our media coverage of the Gender Diversity study on BBC Radio 5 Live. June 2016
Share Radio, The Gender Pay Gap
Sarah Pennells is joined by Fiona Davis, Director for Women in Retail; Penny Parker, from Laurence Simons; and Vanessa Vallely, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTheCity. Together, the guests discuss why women are less likely to ask for a pay rise, and why they are reluctant to come forward. June 2016
Radio 4, You and Yours
George Davies, Co-founder of Next, on promoting women in the workplace. October 2016.
BBC News: Gender Diversity
Women in Retail’s Director’s Fiona Davis‘ appearance on BBC News to discuss our Gender Diversity in Retail Report.