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Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley
IT pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist

“Back in 1962 I founded my software business as a company of women, a company for women, an early social business.  Then in 1975, the Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal for us to have our pro-female policies.  So – as an example of unintended consequences – we had to let the men in. 

As an everywoman Ambassador, I confess to being a feminist in deed. But I have always been a humanist, totally committed to valuing the contribution of each human being and convinced that every single person can make a difference.”