Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley is a philanthropist and pioneering businesswoman. She arrived in Britain as a five-year-old on the Kinderstransport in 1939 and in 1962 founded a software company from her dining room table with just £6. In 25 years as its Chief Executive she developed it into a leading business technology group, pioneering new work practices and changing the position of professional women (especially in hi-tech) along the way. Early in her career she found it advantageous to go by the name "Steve" in a male-dominated business world and employed only women until the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal to do so. Dame Stephanie retired in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropic work, and her charitable Shirley Foundation has made grants of over £67 million, with current activity targeted at national strategies for autism.
The University of Lincoln launches a new equality centre - the Eleanor Glanville Centre - to drive cultural change across the institution. The Centre aims to link equality mandates and initiatives, such as the Race Charter Mark and Athena SWAN Award (Gender Equality Charter Mark Award), with new interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities.
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