This week Liverpool was voted the best seventh city in the world by Time Out, topping much loved hubs like Tokyo and Rome. The city’s famous sense of community, friendly reputation, and affordability make it an attractive place to live, work, and thrive. In particular, we think Liverpool offers a unique blend of advantages for women.
Here’s why Liverpool is a great place to live as a woman:
It’s easy to make friends:
Liverpool boasts a tight-knit and welcoming community where people look out for each other – and this is reflected in the female population. There are tons of active meetup groups in the city for women. If you are looking for friends, advice, or even a place to live, Liverpool Girl Facebook group has over 4000 members of all ages from all walks of life.
New to the scene is Girls on the Go, a group dedicated to making ‘Liverpool a less lonely place for girls.’ Visit their Instagram for upcoming events like weekly running sessions and wine glass painting. Other places to make friends include women only rock climbing, dedicated female strength training gym PowHer, and a MeetUp for women who love board games. The city’s rowing club is also a great place to meet friends – but only if you are prepared to work hard!
There’s a thriving female entrepreneur scene:
Looking to start your own business? Liverpool is home to a vibrant community of female entrepreneurs and business owners. This supportive network provides resources, mentorship, and inspiration. We love the Leading Ladies in Business and Pink Link for networking.
Here are 10 female founders that started their businesses in Liverpool.
The city celebrates its female heritage:
Liverpool’s history of women’s activism and social justice movements inspires and empowers current generations. Figures like Kitty Wilkinson, who saved lives with her laundry service during the cholera epidemic, and Eleanor Rathbone, a formidable politician and social reformer, are honoured to this day. The annual Merseyside Women of the Year award is a much celebrated event that finds and rewards the unsung heroines of Merseyside.
And it continues to champion inspirational women from Liverpool:
In 2023 Liverpool’s own world class athlete Katerina Thomson Johnson took home heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships. The same year actress Jodie Comer won a Tony for her eye-opening role as a barrister and sexual assault victim in Prima Facie.
It’s where major women-centric organisations are based:
The Women’s Organisation (hello!) is a centre for the economic development of women, based in Liverpool. Through research, women’s health promotion, leadership, and policy change, they support the progression of women internationally. The organisation operates from 54 St. James Street, an office space, conferencing, and events facility which gives precedence to female led businesses. Liverpool is also the home of Northern Power Women, a community of 95,000 people that promotes gender equality, social mobility and wider inclusion in the North.
Access to education and healthcare:
This is great news for everyone. Liverpool is home to many great educational institutions making it a hub for learning. Furthermore, it is a leader in women’s healthcare access, with it’s own dedicated women’s hospital boasting one of 63 specialised endometriosis clinics in the country.
Other resources include the Women’s Health Information & Support Centre which provides support to women on a wide range of issues, and Blackburne house which offers help to local and often vulnerable women.
There you have it. Not too big and not too small, we think Liverpool deserved to be ranked seventh best city in the world.
Don’t just take it from us – here’s what the locals have to say:
‘I love living in Liverpool because of the culture on offer. There are so many museums and art galleries all in close range. There’s always something to do and someone to do it with.’ – Emma W, Liverpool Resident.
‘Liverpool is second to none for bottomless brunches! It’s a great city to celebrate in.’ Lisa S, Liverpool Resident.
‘I moved here from Birmingham a few years ago and have found that Liverpool has a great community of supportive women. There are so many groups you can find for whatever you want to do, and many organisations that exist solely to support women.’ – Vicky G, Liverpool Resident.
‘I run my side hustle from Liverpool, hosting regular tufting classes around the city. The classes mainly attract women and many come on their own. They are always made to feel welcome by the other attendees and it’s really shown me that you should never be afraid to do anything alone in Liverpool.’ – Olivia, HunkneeBunknee Founder.
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