When it comes to women in business, franchising has long been ahead of the curve.
Some 30% of the UK's 40,000 franchisee businesses are owned and run by women, according to the bfa/NatWest Franchise Survey. That's higher than the rate of female SME ownership across the UK - 18%, according to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills - but we want to see it climb higher still.
With four of the last seven individual winners of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award being women, their achievements are well-documented and recognised.
As for franchisors, there are numerous national and international brands that have been founded and grown by women here in the UK, or are led and run by them.
Find out more about some of the inspiring women in the sector on these pages.