12 trail-blazing women in design to be inspired by

There are plenty of trail-blazing women in the design world. And below we are celebrating just some of the glass-ceiling-shattering trailblazers who inspire us to be better designers.Their work crosses disciplines and breaks boundaries. And looking at the incredible women here, it seems hard to believe that the design industry still lacks diversity.

But according to Kerning The Gap, only 17 per cent of creative directors are female. Even worse, the gender pay gap between men and women is over 20%. Things are undeniably improving, but stats remain surprising when you consider 63% of design students are female.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.