From Maria Campbell, COO of Griffin, to female fintech leaders across the sector spectrum, we find out how the space has changed
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, we’ve rounded up some of the top women in fintech, occupying leadership roles and driving change within the industry. Their journeys have all been different, and have included numerous challenges, but the fintech industry is stronger today as a result of their perseverance.
Maria Campbell, COO of Griffin
When we think about the progress women have made in the last few decades, it can be easy to concentrate on what more needs to be done. To this day, systemic barriers to the inclusion of women in the workforce are prevalent. Women have a significantly more difficult time finding a job compared to men and over a billion women worldwide are still cut off from financial services.
Women are still severely underrepresented in leadership positions within the fintech industry as well. In the United Kingdom, less than 30% of the fintech workforce is made up of women, and women hold only 17% of senior fintech roles. Judging by these numbers, it’s clear that we’re missing out on some incredible talent. Many women are still prevented from reaching their true potential and as an industry, we need to take action so that we can attract, retain, and value female leadership.
However, on an occasion like International Women’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge how far we’ve come and to celebrate the achievements of the women who have been able to succeed in this male-dominated industry.
The advent of new fintech developments, such as digital banks and mobile wallets, has facilitated the financial inclusion of women by enhancing accessibility. We’re also witnessing more women joining the fintech industry and shaping its future. It’s important to recognize the roles that these women have played in shaping the future of the fintech sector.
As a Banking as a Service (BaaS) provider, Griffin works with numerous fintech. As COO of Griffin, and in my previous positions at GoCardless and Monzo Bank, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from many other women leading the way in the fintech industry. There is enormous potential for women to excel in this industry, and the extraordinary women who are already here are having a huge impact.
Inspired by the incredible community of women in fintech, I wanted to use International Women’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate some female pioneers and amplify their importance to the sector.