Statistics from the Center for Women’s Business Research reveal impressive gains for women in the marketplace:
An estimated 10.4 million companies are owned by women.
Women-owned businesses account for 41% of all firms in the U.S., and employ 12.8 million workers.
In the past 20 years, women-owned companies grew by 42%. This figure is two times the growth rate of all privately-held firms for that time period.
The “Push” Behind the Numbers
What’s driving these significant numbers? Women have made remarkable progress in the workplace, but they still face a variety of obstacles in terms of opportunities for career advancement. Thus, entrepreneurship has become a viable option for women.
One out of eleven women owns her own business and is responsible for employing one out of seven workers. It appears that much of the push behind women-owned businesses is the desire for independence. Large numbers of women have chosen entrepreneurialism as their route to financial freedom. As the figures indicate, many women have been able to channel their drive for success into starting and running their own businesses.
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The “Pull” Exerted by This Trend
Women entrepreneurs are bringing a fresh perspective to the business world, which creates a new generation of inspirational role models. The ideas generated by this dynamic force translate into innovations in the marketplace that benefit both other businesses and individual consumers.
In many ways, we are a society in which “money talks.” As women gain more economic power through the success of their own business ventures, they will exert greater influences on the financial, social, and political institutions that will shape the future for all of us.