International Women's Day

'For over a century ACCA has been shaped and led by many pioneering women, and gender equality remains at the top of the agenda'
ACCA president Leo Lee

In our International Women’s Day 2018 focus, we celebrate the inspiring achievements of our female members around the world and share the thoughts from ACCA’s president Leo Lee, on the significance of this annual campaign.

To inspire our entire membership, we’re sharing interviews with inspirational ACCA women, who are empowering our current and future members by campaigning for progress on gender equality. As Leo says, ‘Equality isn’t just for International Women’s Day: it’s an important part of our history and our future, and we must continue to push the progress all year round.’

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


Women make up 46% of ACCA members