While much of the business world is still male dominated, it is changing, slowly. Women have been in the workplace for less time than men and still earn less - even for doing the same job.
I've seen the rapidly expanding growth of women's business networks, where women get together to support other like-minded women.
Only a small percentage (12.5%) of the FTSE 100 companies have women on their boards and even less as CEOs.
Nearly 30% of self-employed businesses are run by women and they're growing and employing people at a greater rate than those run by men.
More women are setting up their own businesses. The main reason given is that they're able to run a more flexible business around school hours, particularly with a young family and have a better work, family, life balance than being employed. A reason why 30% of self-employed women work from home.
10% of women would like to start up a business but fear holds them back. Lack of support is also likely to be a factor, as they're still expected to be the 'home-maker' and main carer of children, so have to juggle running a business alongside their family commitments. It's probably one of the reasons that half of my clients are women.
Several 'kitchen-table' businesses have grown to become multi-million, global companies - the Body Shop is the most well-known.
Many ideas from businesses come from women recognising a gap in the market and creating a product or service to fill that gap or growing their hobby in to a business. So, if you think you've got a good idea, why not take the next step to turning it in to a business?
Today you can support other women entrepreneurs on International Women's Day - for every download of the Time Audit I'll donate $1 to Kiva. Grab your copy here.
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