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The Original Ambitious Woman: Meet Dame Stephanie Shirley
Words by DEBBIE WOSSKOW
Become
The Original Ambitious Woman: Dame Stephanie Shirley
Words by DEBBIE WOSSKOW
Photography for ALLBRIGHT MAGAZINE
Meet the tech entrepreneur and philanthropist who changed the world for all of us

You may well be one of the two million who’ve watched Dame Stephanie Shirley's TED talk on women and ambition. But if you’re not familiar with the groundbreaking business woman, consider this a brief introduction. After being put on a train out of Nazi Germany at five years old, she grew up in the UK determined that hers “would be a life worth saving”. Now in her 80s it is fair to say Stephanie has racked up enough achievements to last several lifetimes. At a time when a woman couldn’t even open a bank account without her husband, she co-founded what would become a multi-million-pound technology business. She went on to programme the black box flight recorder for Concorde, together with her almost entirely female team. Having empowered a generation of women in technology, she eventually transferred ownership to her staff, creating 70 millionaires in the process. This is what happened when we sat down to discuss feminism, female entrepreneurship and filtering that survival instinct...

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