The number of women in employment in the UK has reached a 21-year high.
Official statistics show that the number of female workers has now reached 1,233,000 – the highest since 1992.
Now the news has been welcomed by prominent women in Falkirk who see it as a positive step forward.
Mary Pitcaithly, chief executive of Falkirk Council said: “Over the years I have seen a shift in attitudes towards women in the workplace with many of the barriers to women’s participation having been removed or reduced. The participation of women in the labour market is a positive sign for the local and national economy.
“As an organisation, Falkirk Council has benefited from having been able to employ excellent people regardless of their gender.
“We also have an active apprenticeship programme that ensures that young men and women have the opportunity to gain skills and training that take them on their career paths.”
Suzanne Arkinson, general manager of the Howgate Shopping Centre said: “I believe having more women employed is a very positive change.
“In my experience women can be very effective at nurturing talent and potential and many have a natural ability to influence, persuade and connect with others.
“The most inspiring people I have worked with have shown the right amount of compassion and empathy combined with the passion, drive and determination to be successful, most of these have been women.”
The new figures also revealed more positive news for Scotland’s economy, including a drop in the number of Scots out of work.
The unemployment rate is now 7.1 per cent, just under the UK rate of 7.4 per cent.
The number of Scots who claim jobseeker’s allowance dropped by 2900 between October and November at 115,900 – 23,300 less than a year ago.