As we speak marks the centenary of the Illustration of the Individuals Act, handed on 6 Feb 1918.

After a protracted and bitter battle, the act lastly gave the vote to British girls over 30 and ‘of property’ for the primary time. It took one other decade earlier than this was lowered to 21 and placed on an equal footing with males.

As a feminine entrepreneur working a producing enterprise, I’m afforded selections and freedoms that may have been inconceivable 100 years in the past.

 So I’d wish to replicate right this moment on a number of the feminine magnificence pioneers who had been altering the face of the trade (and paving the way in which for girls in enterprise) at this similar time.

Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) was a Polish American businesswoman, artwork collector, philanthropist and cosmetics entrepreneur. She labored with scientists to revolutionise the world of magnificence merchandise. She invented the primary moisturiser and went on to invent the primary magnificence institute.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971) redefined femininity and created one in all right this moment’s most iconic manufacturers. With Chanel No. 5 she broke from custom and created a distinctly fashionable fragrance for the instances. The perfume was clear, recent and used a totally new mix of scents and elements – it’s nonetheless the quickest promoting fragrance right this moment.

Elizabeth Arden (1878-1966) famously stated that “to be stunning is the birthright of each girl”. Identified for celebrating a lady’s pure magnificence, she championed a scientific method to skincare and mixed it with diet and health to realize whole Magnificence.

I salute all these unbelievable girls and the achievements of numerous others who’ve formed our historical past.

As we speak is a reminder of how a lot progress has been made, but additionally how far we nonetheless need to go. 100 years on, full gender equality has but to be reached.

We ought to by no means take even our fundamental liberties with no consideration nor assume they’ll’t be taken away – when so many on this planet stay oppressed.