International Women's Day

With 46% of ACCA members and 54% of ACCA students female, has the time arrived when women can expect a gender balance at all levels of business?

In our International Women’s Day 2017 focus, we take a deep dive into our Generation Next research uncovering the career aspirations of women in finance careers and share the thoughts from ACCA’s very own female chief executive, Helen Brand, on bridging the gender gap that remains at the upper echelons of business.

We’re also taking this opportunity to point all our female members and students to our recent research Professional accountants – the future which highlights the blend of technical, ethical and professional skills current and aspiring female finance professionals will need to succeed in today’s ever changing business landscape.

Women are more likely to pursue a long term career in finance and accounting

47% would like to stay in the career for more than 5 years compared to 40% of men

Women are more likely to expect to stay with their current employer in their next role

42% expect an internal next move, compared to 37% of men

Women are less likely to act on entrepreneurial ambitions

84% of men want to start their own business either as their next career move or later in their career, compared to 74% of women

Professional accountants - the future: Generation Next

The Generation Next report forms part of our Professional accountants – the future series and unveils the ambitions and expectations of future finance and business leaders.

Championing equality throughout our history


Ethel Ayres Purdie becomes a member, the first woman to belong to a professional accountancy body


Vera di Palma becomes our first female president - and also the first female president of any international accountancy body - when she takes office.


Anthea Rose becomes ACCA’s first woman chief executive.


Helen Brand OBE becomes the second woman chief executive.


Datuk Alexandra Chin becomes first female global President from the Asia Pac region.

From the FRC report

ACCA has the largest proportion of female members of any of the UK accountancy bodies

ACCA is one of only two accountancy bodies where over half of the students are female

2017 in numbers

• 46% of our members globally are female
• 55.7% of our affiliates globally are female
• 54% of our students globally are female
• 52.6% of our Foundations students are female
• Over 55% of ACCA's senior staff are female