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Different Women

Our journey

Different Women Different Places (2007) was the first research of its kind to focus on the career and leadership strategies of successful black and ethnic minority women in the United Kingdom and Europe.

There's really no such thing as 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.

-Arundhati Roy

The original Different Women, Different Places study was positioned at the nexus of race, ethnicity, gender and leadership. It used an empowering appreciative form of enquiry to investigate the experiences, behaviours, challenges, perceptions and strategies of ethnically diverse women leaders.

With the support of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Credit Suisse and others, the original Different Women Different research report was released in December 2007.


The purpose of DWDP2 is to:

  • Build on the primary data gathered in 2008 to explore the current narrative of "Different Women"

  • Ask where are we now? What's changed? What's the same?

  • Explore leadership through the unique lens of Different Women, asking, 'what can we learn?'

  • Dig deep and examine the impact of intersectionality and, critically, uncover the relationship between Different Women and their White female counterparts

  • Turn our attention to young, millennial Different Women to reveal the similarities and differences of their lived experience in the world

  • Using a control group, compare the lived experience of Different Men

  • Include the voices of Different Women from the USA, Middle East, Africa and India

I want to be valued and respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (abridged)

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