My advice to any woman, no matter what point in their career or personal journey, is to aim high - aim as high as the limits of what you can imagine you're capable of. If you can imagine something, then you should just go for it.
Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.
We know what works. We now need more organisations from every sector to use this knowledge and take action to close gender and BAME employment gaps that have no place in our 21st century workforce. The Benchmark reiterates just what employers need to do to ensure they are fit for a diverse future.
Some organisations are actively drawing them into diversity plans, using women's interest groups as a lever. I've seen this in action at a big tech company, where men are included on steering committees that deal with diversity initiatives.
As another International Women's Day (Saturday 8 March) approaches, a vast and diverse array of women's organisations, movements and charities are focused on getting their messages of equality and justice out to the world.
I was once brought in to 'tone down' the image of a very senior female executive in financial services (a job I turned down). Her appearance was deemed inappropriate -- perhaps her sharp dress intimidated her male colleagues.
So what can businesses do? To achieve tangible results companies need to start an open conversation and listen to women to understand their needs, as well as the special attributes and skills they can bring to their business.
Frankly I hope that, in the future, we can create a work ecosystem that is flexible, supportive, focused on results and values all different backgrounds and skills. One woman (or man)'s 'having it all' is another's worst nightmare.