Dame Mary Perkins on making her mark in a male dominated industry [Video]

The Specsavers founder on how her industry has changed

Dame Mary Perkins says that when she first started in optometry there were “raised eyebrows” because “most optometrists back then… were men”.

She explains that “very high marks in three sciences at A level” were necessary to study optics at university and girls generally did “English, French, geography”. But, proving that you shouldn’t be afraid of breaking convention on the path to success she “did the sciences”.

And although she “did get a lot of comments” she just “got on with the job… ignored them” and went on to become one of the biggest names in optics.

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