Brownless, who will face James McCullagh in this evening's Young Apprentice final, claimed that stereotypes about "men in suits" were still holding back girls from becoming entrepreneurs.
"I definitely think it's a fair thing to say that young girls may think a business pursuit may not be an option to them because of stereotypes like men in suits dominating the office," she told Digital Spy.
"That's one of the main reasons I wanted to do this show and try to do it well. [It] was to put out a good name for women in business.
"There's no reason why a woman can't do just as well as a man in this environment. But it is tough getting started. It's tricky enough being young in the world of business, but being a girl and trying to get your voice heard in a male-dominated environment is very challenging. There's no reason women shouldn't be in this industry as much as men."
The A-Level student from Hertfordshire described her entire time on the Lord Sugar reality show as a highlight and said facing finalist rival McCullagh was a "privilege".
"James has a great academic record, he has great leadership skills and he's shown a lot of talent throughout the process," she said. "As far as weaknesses go, he has no more than me. We both had good points and bad points. Overall, I'm really pleased to have worked against such a talented person in the final."
Young Apprentice: The Final airs tonight (December 12) at 9pm on BBC One.
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