Cindy Norcott’s is an EO Durban member in South Africa and owner of Pro Talent. She is also the founder of the Robinhood Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds many charitable projects. As Cindy celebrates her company’s 25th anniversary in March 2019, she collected some of the entrepreneurial lessons she’s learned and the guidelines she follows to achieve ongoing success.
While women have long contributed to and led businesses, it wasn’t until the 20th century that we saw women taking their place alongside men in the working world in greater numbers.
From wartime icon, Rosie the Riveter, to small screen working woman, Carol Brady of the Brady Bunch, women steadily became seen as a critical component of the workforce, today founding and leading many of the most important companies on earth.
And while there’s a long way to go in terms of workplace equality, women entrepreneurs are making their mark on their industries and communities now more than ever. These 20 women entrepreneurs are the ones who are leading the charge—and we think you’ll be inspired by their tremendous impact:
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By Naomi Simson, EO Sydney member and founder of Red Balloon
I have been speaking about the lack of women in leadership for years. Every International Women’s day, the statistics are published, articles are written, and nothing happens. I am very grateful that Sheryl Sandberg is leading a strong media campaign and putting together a ‘movement.’ It has been a long time since we have seen the women’s agenda on the front page of Time Magazine.
This is a community issue. Many men I speak to are equally frustrated with the cost of childcare, and that their partners are putting their career on hold. The fact is that the majority of Australian women will retire with less than $8000 in their superannuation. Financial freedom gives people choices. Having gone through a divorce two years ago I can attest that “a husband’ is not a woman’s financial plan”.
By: Jeff Cornwall, a Special to Overdrive
Over the past couple of decades we have seen a steady increase in the number of women becoming entrepreneurs. At Belmont University, for example, 45 percent of students studying entrepreneurship are women. Across the country, women now make up more than 40 percent of all entrepreneurs as well. While the number of women choosing an entrepreneurial career path is approaching that of their male counterparts, the factors that motivate or drive female entrepreneurs are often quite different.