As we speak marks the centenary of the Illustration of the Folks Act, handed on 6 Feb 1918.
After an extended and bitter battle, the act lastly gave the vote to British girls over 30 and ‘of property’ for the primary time. It took one other decade earlier than this was lowered to 21 and placed on an equal footing with males.
As a feminine entrepreneur working a producing enterprise, I’m afforded selections and freedoms that may have been inconceivable 100 years in the past.
So I’d wish to mirror in the present day on a number of the feminine magnificence pioneers who had been altering the face of the business (and paving the best way for ladies in enterprise) at this similar time.
Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) was a Polish American businesswoman, artwork collector, philanthropist and cosmetics entrepreneur. She labored with scientists to revolutionise the world of magnificence merchandise. She invented the primary moisturiser and went on to invent the primary magnificence institute.
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) redefined femininity and created one in every of in the present day’s most iconic manufacturers. With Chanel No. 5 she broke from custom and created a distinctly trendy fragrance for the occasions. The perfume was clear, contemporary and used a very new mix of scents and elements – it’s nonetheless the quickest promoting fragrance in the present day.
Elizabeth Arden (1878-1966) famously mentioned that “to be stunning is the birthright of each lady”. Identified for celebrating a girl’s pure magnificence, she championed a scientific method to skincare and mixed it with diet and health to attain whole Magnificence.
I salute all these unbelievable girls and the achievements of numerous others who’ve formed our historical past.
As we speak is a reminder of how a lot progress has been made, but in addition how far we nonetheless must go. 100 years on, full gender equality has but to be reached.
We ought to by no means take even our primary liberties without any consideration nor suppose they will’t be taken away – when so many on the earth stay oppressed.