The creative industry, which contributes £10.5m an hour and is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, hasn’t always created the same opportunities for women as it has for men. Throughout history, women have had to fight harder for those opportunities, with only 22% of the creative workforce being made up of women.
So, we at Fluid decided to celebrate those women in the creative fields and their achievements for this year’s International Women’s Day. We have included inspirational people from design, film, tech, advertising, this list could be a hundred long but the below are some of our favourites that we wanted to share.
Hedy was an inventor and an actress, whose decorous demeanour may stop you from guessing that she was credited with being the first woman to orgasm on screen or that she invented the frequency hopping system that went on to inform the creation of bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. As far as women in any industry go, she’s a pretty hard one to beat!
An avant-garde artist, musician, composer and film director, Laurie has also invented a few things such as the talking stick. She’s totally bad ass (we aren’t just saying that because she’s one of our favourites) and is still very active in the creative industry.
Paula is a painter, author, teaches art & design and is a graphic designer. She became the first designer to create a new identity for a brand, which is pretty cool!
As one of the leading women in fashion design, Vivienne just had to be on the list. In the 1970’s she was a pioneer for the punk fashion phenomenon. Oh, and she’s also a Dame and has an OBE!
Zaha, world renowned architect is the only woman to have received the Royal Gold Medal – ever. She is also a Dame and received the Stirling Prize (twice!) because of her services to her industry.
Cindy is an adland vet and has successfully started two businesses – IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn. Her TED Talk “MakeLoveNotPorn’ is one of the most watched and talked about talks. She tackles gender equality and the way women are objectified and under-represented, she’s been on the grind since before MeToo and is worthy of your attention.
A visual artist, she is well known for her paintings with her work focusing on feminism and depictions of folk tales. Her paintings are very dark, realistic and disturbingly beautiful.