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  • 27th February 2019 - 11:41 GMT

ACCA: Special tribute to its first female member Ethel Ayres Purdie

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is paying special tribute to its first female member Ethel Ayres Purdie as it marks International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019.

ACCA was the first professional accountancy body to admit a woman into membership in 1909 in the UK. Ethel went on to become the leading provider of income tax advice to women, eventually operating as the Women’s Taxpayers Agency.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. The global theme for this year is ‘better the balance, better the world’ – #balanceforbetter – reiterating the need for a better working world driven by gender-balance.

Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, says: ‘On International Women’s Day we are paying tribute to our first female member Ethel Purdie, who worked tirelessly to achieve balance in the accountancy profession.

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