Women are still underpaid, under-promoted and under-represented in the workplace. According to the Office for National Statistics, the gender pay gap for full-time workers in the UK increased at the end of last year.
We also know that women tend to underrate their own performance. Recent research from Harvard Business Review showed that women tend to describe their performance in tests lower than men did – despite the fact that both groups had the same average test scores (women on average gave themselves 46 out of 100, while men scored themselves 61).
We want to help the country’s talented young businesswomen to boost their profile, build their network and reach the top. Corporate Britain won’t thrive if only a third of all boardroom positions in the FTSE 100 are held by women – and only six women are at the helm.
Nominations are now open for Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 list. Now in its 20th year, this is the country's longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent. In partnership with Accenture, our mission is to spotlight the impressive, the inspiring and the genuinely enviable female rising stars in British business.
Here’s why you should apply:
1. Join the exclusive 35 Women Under 35 alumnae. Be part of an exclusive group of women that includes Stella McCartney, Martha Lane Fox and Karen Blackett.
2. Raise your profile: Published on Management Today, this list is read by thousands of journalists, venture capitalists, angel investors, headhunters and, potentially, your next boss. Get yourself noticed.
3. Highlight your work: Whether you're a charity worker, corporate boss or thriving entrepreneur, this is your chance to shout about the great work you've done.
4. Get national coverage: Our annual 35 Women Under 35 list gets nationwide media coverage. Last year's feature appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.
5. Meet your peers: Mingle with like-minded businesswomen at our annual 35 Women Under 35 at our networking events and winners’ party.
6. Inspire other young women: Be a role model for the next generation.
Our list is open to women from all sectors, from tech to travel, finance to fashion. And you can be based anywhere in the country. All we ask is that you’re female, you’re aged 35 or under (as of Wednesday 10th June 2020) and you’re ready to wow us with your achievements.
For inspiration, read last year’s 35 Women Under 35 feature and profiles.
Enter, or nominate a friend or colleague, by filling out this simple form. Nominations cost £350 (early bird rate) or £450 (standard rate).
The final deadline for entries is Monday 20th April. Good luck!
A handful of winners will be invited to a 35 Women Under 35 interview and photoshoot on Tuesday 5th May. Please keep this date free in case you are selected to attend.
Picture credit: Julian Dodd. From left to right: Christina Bechhold Russ of Samsung NEXT; Diageo's Diane Farrell; Tropic Skincare's Susie Ma; Crystal Eisinger from Google; and QuantumBlack's Zara Davis.