Every March, countries across the world mark International Women’s Day: an event created to both celebrate female achievement and also highlight how much more can be done to achieve gender equality and equity.
In 2021, the Office of National Statistics revealed the gender pay gap actually rose by 0.5 per cent. However, The Rose Review Progress Report 2022 on female entrepreneurship found more than 140,000 all-female founded companies were created in the UK in 2021, and this figure is growing by over a third each year. So, while it’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve clearly got some work to do.
One sector which is surprisingly male-dominated is the beauty industry, with just 29 per cent of the big beauty brands having female leadership on their boards or represented among their executives. What the beauty industry does have, however, is a swathe of small, innovative female-founded and owned beauty brands doing brilliant things across the sector. And, since choosing where to spend your money is one of the easiest and most effective ways to support gender equality, we decided it was time to shine a light on them. Read on for our guide to the best female-owned skincare, makeup and haircare brands to shop now.