A new study* shows 31% of women saying they feel more confident speaking their mind at work. This is a direct result of the rise of notable women leaders such as Theresa May and Angela Merkel.

Whilst one fifth feel greater confidence to speak up and have a greater voice in meetings, 21% of women say they are more willing to haggle or negotiate a business deal. Additionally, 5% said that colleagues are taking them a lot more seriously since the appointment of a female Prime Minister. These positive figures show a trend towards long-awaited workplace equality. 

However, while many women are feeling more confident at work, not all agree they are commanding more respect at work. 

Justine Cobb, operations director at Crunch said:

“It’s fascinating to see that the female business community in the UK is feeling buoyed by the rise in female political leaders. However, with powerful role models such as Angela Merkel and Theresa May frequently in the limelight, this doesn’t come as a total surprise.

“I was particularly pleased to see that two fifths of women feel more confident about starting their own business. Our stats at Crunch found the number of women starting their own business has grown 42% since 2010. Moreover, women now found almost a third of all the new businesses.

“While it’s encouraging women feel more confident to speak out in meetings and to get ahead at work, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact gender inequality in the workplace is still happening”.

*The research commissioned by Crunch surveyed 1,000 employed people across the UK from 25 to 30 August 2016.

Shara has been active in the scientific community for over 30 years. She started as a member of the British Association of Young Scientists at the age of 15, obtained her first science degree at 21 and her Immunology PhD at 25. She has been a research scientist and lecturer in prestigious institutions around the world [including Addenbrookes' Hospital (Cambridge), The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London), The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London)]. Shara left mainstream in 2001 research to follow her passion of science communication and established Euroscicon Ltd in 2001 and Mums in Science in 2005

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