Five ways 2016 was a great year for women

By Helena Uhl


Sixty-nine per cent of women aged 16 to 64 were employed at the end of 2016. / Pexels

With Hilary Clinton’s election defeat, many women might feel the urge to hide away under a blanket and write the last year off as a disaster. To lift spirits and mark the Women of the World festival taking place later this month, here are some ways women won 2016.

  1. More women are working than ever before in the UK. The Office of National Statistics released figures showing that 69 per cent of women aged 16 to 64 were working at the end of 2016.

Indra Nooyi is the CEO of Pepsico. / Great Lakes – wikimedia

  1. Meanwhile in America, more women CEOs are at the helm of large companies. A study by the US firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas concluded that almost a fifth of new CEOs in 2016 were women, up from 15 per cent in 2015.
  1. Clinton may not have become the first female president, but she was the first woman to ever be nominated for president by a major political party in the US. She also won the popular vote.
  1. In the male-dominated world of computer science, there is also a bright spot. Carnegie Mellon University’s reputable computer science course was 48.5 per cent female in 2016. There was also a 38 per cent rise in women applying.
  1. Professional golfer Chun In-gee won the Evian Championship with a better score at a 72-hole major golf championship than any other woman or man ever.

If you simply couldn’t get enough of these facts, head to WOW 2017 to celebrate women and their accomplishments between 7 to 12 March at the Southbank Centre in London.