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From equal pay to the vote: 20 landmark moments for women in business

There’s no doubt that women in business can be a powerful force, but it’s always nice to hear just how powerful.

New research released by NatWest today shows that female entrepreneurs alone were responsible for a massive £3.5billion contribution to the UK economy in 2015, with the proportion of women starting a business nearly doubling from 3.7% in 2009 to 7.1% in 2012.

And while there is still a long way to go before female entrepreneurs can claim equal footing with their male counterparts, especially with the UK’s gender pay gap still stuck at an appalling 18%, opportunities for women in business have changed dramatically over the last 100 years.

Here, Stylist.co.uk charts some of the landmark moments, from gaining the right to vote to receiving statutory maternity pay.

Simply scroll through to start.

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