Sunday 19 August 2018


If you've been to any clothing store lately you've probably come across some kind of shirt with the slogan "The Future Is Female" - as soon as corporate finds an opportunity, they commercialise on it and this is no exception. However, the phrase still holds so much weight.

Women are taking over all aspects. This is undeniable. Most undergraduate classes are at least 70% female, stay at home moms are becoming a dying breed and in general women are dominating every sector of life. However the scale isn't completely balanced, especially in the entrepreneurial sector. While this isn't completely new territory for the fairer sex, it tends to be a rather hostile one. That's why organizations like Future Females are so necessary.

What is Future Females?

A movement formed by females for females. It is an empowerment movement aimed to uplift and helps women from all walks of life through their entrepreneurial journey. The organisation first launched in South Africa in August 2017 (Exactly a year ago!) and have already grown to have over 3000 members of the community actively participating to drive our mission globally with events in South Africa, German and Namibia. The Future Females mission is to accelerate the success of aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to provide an environment where females can connect, and access the necessary resources.

Why is Future Females necessary?

To break it down for you:

 - Globally, female entrepreneurs received just 2.5% of total venture capital funding in 2016.
- However, companies delivered 63% better return with females in senior leadership positions.
- Globally, women own just 1% of the world’s wealth.

Let that sink in. JUST. ONE. PERCENT.

The Future Females Mission

"We believe that to drive change through entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, we cannot have just 50% of the world focused on it.

More focus is needed to encourage and accelerate the success of aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Providing an environment, both physically and emotionally, where women can connect with others and access key resources (mentorship, funding, education) is key to accelerating the rate of female entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship globally."

You can attend Future Females

Future Females is a platform that connects, inspires and supports existing and aspiring female entrepreneurs.

We are women that break the mould and think bigger.  We want more and take action to get it.

Future Females are having their first birthday on 28 August 2018 in Durban. You can purchase tickets for the Future Females event in Durban here. The standard ticket on the day is R80 per person, with early bird tickets being R45.

The speakers at the Durban event are Melanie Gard, digital marketing expert, serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker, and Darlene Menzies, who was named one of 6 Top Female Tech
Breakthrough Entrepreneurs in Africa for 2017 by World Economic Forum.

You can also win tickets! To win tickets you can enter on instagram and follow the steps. Goodluck!
You take a boss picture of yourself or a boss chick or dude you’d nominate to win (we don't discriminate), and in keeping with the theme with your caption, tell us how you've failed but learnt from your experience and the growth as a result. Tag @sa_young_female_professional , tag @futurefemales , #futurefemalesdurban#FailFoward.


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