What does International Women's Day mean to a Female Founder?

As a female founder I'm often faced with that difficult conversation when someone asks 'what do you do for a living?'

I usually reply with my standard elevator pitch 'I'm a graphic designer with my own range of homeware and gifts. I sell my products online and through other platforms to customers across the UK and beyond.'

'Oh that's interesting' they replied. 'Is that a hobby business or your side hustle?'

'No' I respond. 'It's my full-time job'. 

International Women's Day

As a small business owner, this is the kind of conversation I've got used to over the years. But I've often wondered if this same conversation and question would be asked of our fellow male small business owners. Would a man be asked if running his own business was his hobby? I somehow doubt it. 

I'm still not sure why being a woman means that any work you do, particularly as a designer or maker, is considered a hobby - or something I am fitting in round the kids or other 'proper' work. 

I've had many conversations like this over the years, with men and women. Perhaps I should change my elevator pitch. Yes, this could help. Or perhaps this is simply one of the many other reasons why we should celebrate International Women's Day.

International Women's Day is a day of celebration and recognition for me, as a small business owner and female founder. I'm proud to be part of the growing number of women who have taken risks and forged their own paths, creating fantastic businesses and contributing to their communities and society.

So this International Women's Day, I’m taking a moment to reflect on the progress of women small business owners, and how far we have come. Here's to continued success for female founders and female small business owners everywhere! 

Enjoy the day! International Women's Day - 8 March

Jinny Ursell
Designer / Founder of Jin Designs since 2013 and still going strong : )