Fact: Globally, over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men.

Fact: Only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

Fact: In 40% of economies, women’s early-stage entrepreneurial activity is half or less than half of that of men’s.

(Source: unwomen.org)

According to a 2016 report from the Design Council, a staggering 78 per cent of the design economy is male.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many inspiring female leaders, both as clients and colleagues. I’m grateful to have had these strong women come before me and set an example of how to absolutely crush it as a female in the creative industry.

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Female leaders serve to inspire the next generation of creatives

To celebrate International Women’s day, The Brand Pool asked some ladies from our team to tell us about the amazing women that inspire them to be better creatives!

Their work crosses disciplines and breaks boundaries so It seems hard to believe that the design industry still lacks diversity.

Read on to be inspired:

Chelsea Brewer, Senior Graphic Designer – The Brand Pool

A print designer at heart, I love designers who still champion the importance of touch and sensory design in a very digital world. Kelli Anderson is an absolute engineer with the things she does with paper (Check out: This Book is a Camera, This Book is a Planetarium). Her work showcases “the inherent educational value of lo-fi experiences, connecting the dots between design and science / structure and function”.

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Eliza Taylor, EAO Entertainment

Sara Agah Franti. I love her mantra and outlook on life. She’s not only an ER Registered Nurse she co-founded Do It For The Love Foundation with her husband/musician Michael Franti. She is also owner and creative director of LUA sustainable jewellery, co-owner of Soulshine Bali – a hotel dedicated to yoga, soul & rock n roll. She is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Her mantra is “Be your best, serve the greater good and rock out wherever you are.” Awesome.

Sara Agah Franti portrait

Bianca Hennessy, Account Director – The Brand Pool

The iconic Carine Roitfeld. She worked her way up to become the irreverent Editor and Chief of Vogue Paris and was responsible for influencing the creative direction of many fashion heavyweights such as Versace, Lagerfeld and Tom Ford. Forever devoted to the art of fashion and creative expression she was known for making daring and often controversial artistic decisions. She followed her instincts, took risks and shattered taboos with her creativity. She wasn’t afraid to be bold!

carine roitfeld portrait