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Femeconomy Retail Gender Equality Progress Report January 2017

In December, I once again disappeared to “the dungeon” to update our 2000 strong brand research set. A laborious, yet informative six-monthly process of reviewing each record against our criteria, researching its leadership, and amending our website to reflect any changes. We think it is critical to communicate and celebrate the positive progress that companies are making towards gender equality. We also discovered a number of new companies who meet our criteria, and wanted to let you know about them. So here is our first Retail Gender Equality Progress Report.

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Femeconomy brands have at least 30% of women on the Board of Directors or are 50% female owned. The Femeconomy Badge shows you which brands meet this criteria and have our thumbs up.



  • ANZ Bank – for living your #EqualFuture brand promise
  • Myer – for appointing one more talented woman to your Board of Directors. Now Myer exceeds 30% female board


  • Flora and Fauna
  • Honeybelle Waterwear
  • Lily Magazine
  • Mary and Marie
  • Modibodi
  • Mon Purse
  • Sheridan Factory Outlet
  • Shevonne Joyce – Yellow Palomino
  • Socielle
  • Thrive Consulting & Advisory
  • The Business Experiment Podcast
  • Tom Boi

IMPROVEMENT REQUIRED: Brands that no longer meet our criteria

We hope to see these brands back under the Femeconomy approved banner soon! Gender Equality is a journey, which we recognise. However, we know from decades of research that companies with greater gender equality are more profitable and have better outcomes.

  • Amazon
  • Donna Karan
  • DKNY
  • Disney [Note that Hasbro also make Disney toys, and ARE Femeconomy approved]
  • JC Penney
  • Shopbop
  • Zappos


You can now shop by region on Femeconomy, using the new filters under Explore in our brand directory. Options are Australia, USA, UK or International.


We have added a number of new categories, including Media, Health & Well-Being and Professional Services.

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Women make over 85% of purchase decisions. You’re Femeconomy. We want to help you shop brands with female leaders to create gender equality. The power is in your purse.

Femeconomy approved brands have at least 30% of women on the Board of Directors or are 50% female owned. So far over 700 brands meet our criteria. Look for our badge to shop Femeconomy approved brands.

Female leaders will create gender equality. #femeconomy #shop4equality


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Posted by Jade Collins - Femeconomy Director

Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.