35 Signs Of Success For Modern Women


We all dream of success – having a nice car, a happy family, a healthy life – but how do we know when we actually achieve it? Is success always that one step further, just out of reach? Well, for some people yes. But a new study claims to have defined the indicators of success for the modern woman, and having a 49k salary, a great sex life and more than 500 Instagram followers are the benchmarks that top the list.

Researchers studied 2,000 working women aged between 18 and 45, and asked them to define what it means to be “successful” in the modern age. And according to the research, being financially independent is the number one indicator, with 78% claiming having their own cash is the principle sign they have made it.

Emotional factors also came high – with being generally happy (70%) emerging second in the list of 35 signs – while in third place was being trusted by your friends (60%).

Other major signs of success for modern women were achievements such as being a great mum, being able to lend cash to your friends – and having a partner who would rather be with you than his friends. The research also revealed a confident 87% of young women in the UK would describe themselves as “successful” – with 25 emerging as the average age most women start to feel their life is a success.

In terms of relationships, the majority of women claimed they were equal to their partner in terms of success – with 25% claiming they were actually more successful than their partner. However, 22% admitted their other half had over-taken them in terms of success. The study also revealed a £49k annual salary is the success tipping point, according to the ‘average female’.

A spokeswoman from House of Fraser who commissioned the study, told Belle About Town: “The survey has revealed some really fascinating insights into how modern women define success. From financial independence, to being a great mum, to keeping up with the latest fashions and trends, the research has revealed that British women are more confident than ever.”

A supportive 80% said they were genuinely happy for friends and family who had made something of their lives, with 82% claiming they felt women were just as successful as men, in every aspect of life – apart from their salaries. And partners emerged at the most supportive people in women when it comes to their success and career – with 40% claiming their other half was their biggest rock. There were also some more superficial achievements cited, including ‘shopping in the right place’ and ‘having more than 300 Facebook friends’….

But whatever your benchmark, and whatever our achievements, isn’t it good that women are now celebrating their success, and that of their friends? Although we’re still not sure exactly how successful we are, perhaps that’s the whole point. It’s all subjective and we will never really know!


1.    Being financially independent

2.    Being happy most of the time

3.    Being trusted by your friends

4.    Being organised and efficient

5.    Being a good mum

6.    Having a partner who is devoted to you

7.    Keeping in good shape

8.    Making people laugh

9.    Being well read

10.   Being in a senior position at work

11.   Not creating dramas in your life

12.   Being able to do DIY yourself

13.   Having travelled the world

14.   Being able to lend cash to a friend in need

15.   Having a partner who would rather be with you than his friends

16.   Looking your best at all times

17.   Having an immaculate home

18.   Being able to cook with flare

19.   Having people compliment you on your style

20.   Having a great sex life

21.   Going on at least two foreign holidays a year

22.   Picking up the bill after lunch with family and friends

23.   Going on European mini breaks

24.   Throwing great dinner parties

25.   Shopping for high end brands

26.   Earning more than your partner

27.   Earning more than your friends

28.   Owning designer shoes and handbags

29.   Eating out more than twice a week

30.   Driving a better car than your friends

31.   Having people ask you where you buy your clothes from

32.   Having more than 500 Instagram followers

33.   Getting more than 50 likes on your best Facebook posts

34.   Following the latest fashions

35.   Having more than 300 Facebook friends

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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