In 2014, Holmes was named the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire, (yes, before Kylie Jenner) worth an incredible $4.5 billion at 30 years old. Driven by a personal fear of needles, Holmes built a company that aimed to conduct a whole host of health checks from only a small sample of blood taken. Dropping out of Stanford Medical school to pursue this venture, the business woman attracted investors as large as Walgreens (the mother company of Boots in the UK). Her company, Theranos, showed exciting potential in the health sector and had the possibility of shifting medical accessibility indefinitely. Not only did Theranos peak with an impressive $9bn in investments, but Holmes flew a flag of prosperity for women in Silicon Valley, as women typically only receive 11% of the seeds through early-stage funding (allraise.org).
However, later into this scientific venture studies became evident Theranos did not carry the capabilities it’s investors had hoped, turning the headlines of Holmes being ‘the next Steve Jobs’ into a court case of conspiracy to defraud investors. Holmes spent 8 days pleading her defence due to COVID-19 interruptions, and has now been convicted by a jury in California on 4 counts of fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.
London boasts many exclusive self-braded ‘VIP’ Clubs, where the rich and famous go to party. They are notoriously difficult to get into and are often very expensive. Cirque Le Soir and Aura in Mayfair, Dolce in Kensington and 55 club in Soho are a few to note. They have attracted big names like Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. However amazing these clubs may seem, once inside something becomes obvious and that is the blatant sexism.
For my 22nd birthday I decided to do a little research of my own and spent a month attempting to get on the guest list of one of these clubs. Once on the list we were told the entry prices and I was shocked to see that entry for men was £20, whilst for women it was only £10. Despite being promised a bottle upon entry in the club, once there we were told there must be a minimum of 5 women in our group present to receive this. However, they offered every woman in the club free drinks all night, whilst my male friends had to pay extortionate prices for theirs.