When a woman is empowered, women are empowered. Each new achievement reinforces us all.

21 Women

These women are change makers. Their stories will inspire, challenge and empower. To mark the 21st birthday of The Women's Organisation we wanted to ensure their stories were captured and that history would remember them. 


The publication of this celebratory book - and the fascinating profiles of 21 tenacious and remarkable women - is opportune and extremely relevant as the issues of equality and image are today centre stage, so to speak, and very much in the spotlight.


Today increasingly, and emphatically, women are insisting on respect and rights and are no longer prepared to accept the humiliating limitations that society imposed for so long, barriers often referred to obliquely as ‘the glass ceiling’. Hopefully those ‘glass ceilings’ are being shattered; and yet, of course, there is still much more to do.


When we set up the Women’s Organisation – which was originally known as Train 2000 – our goal was to offer training and general support to enable women to achieve success and greater prosperity, and to connect with each other as well as becoming leaders in their own fields.


As an organisation devoted to the empowerment of women we have long nurtured personal development as our core focus, as we are keenly aware that this can transform the lives of women from all walks of life. It gives them the confidence and the skills to make a positive contribution to communities and across the spectrum of society, both within the UK and globally.


As a team we have worked tirelessly to challenge and change the under-representation of female-owned businesses and we are particularly proud of the impact we have had on the Liverpool City Region, and further afield in the UK, Europe and worldwide.


I hope that as one of the most well known social enterprises in Liverpool and the UK, and one that is dedicated to encouraging female entrepreneurs, we have made some inroads.


To mark our 21st anniversary it was decided to publish a book that portrays 21 outstanding women.


We selected 20 women to be part of the book from different backgrounds, sectors and communities with the final profile was chosen through a national campaign where the public nominated their choice of a successful woman.


There is still a long way to go, but for us, every success is celebrated and is a step in the right direction. We have been inspired ourselves by the resourcefulness and accomplishments of the women who have passed through our door.


We believe that when one woman is empowered we are all empowered; building momentum that will carry us all forward towards equality and economic and social success – as the women featured in this book symbolise so well.



Maggie O’Carroll

Chief Executive and Co-founder of The Women’s Organisation




If you would like to purchase a copy of 21 women you can do so by popping into our offices at 54 St James Street and buying one at reception, visiting News From Nowhere, Museum of Liverpool or online via our ebay shop

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker


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