American Women in Business

American Women in Business

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Take your hats off to the women of America – they are leaning into their ambitions, and they’re succeeding.  9.1 million companies in the U.S. are women-owned, they employ almost 8 million people and produce $4 trillion in sales. That’s a big chunk of the U.S. economy in the hands of capable women.

Many of these women are very successful entrepreneurs – one in five firms with revenue of more than $1 million was started by a woman. Almost 5 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S. have annual revenues of more than $1 million.

The number of U.S. businesses owned by minority women is growing faster than U.S. business in general. According to figures released recently by the Census Bureau and analyzed by the National Women's Business Council, government agency companies owned by Hispanic women rose 87 percent between 2007 and 2012, while the number of companies owned by black women rose nearly 68 percent, and the number of businesses owned by Asian women increased by 44 percent.

The White House is urging corporate America to embrace women in business. The government's Council on Women and Girls is urging business schools to improve the recruiting of female students into MBA programs to support a workforce that would be more flexible for women.

Women business owners face some challenges that are unique to their gender:

  1. Stereotyping:  Business is still predominantly a man’s world, and being the only woman in a boardroom or at a high-level meeting can be a challenge. 
  2. Funding: Women-owned businesses get significantly less funding. Funders tend to invest in people they identify with.  Only 5 percent of venture capital firms have a female CEO, and 6 percent have female partners.
  3. Work-Life Balance: Juggling home and work tend to be tougher for women, as there is still the perception that a woman would be more effective in business if she didn't have to deal with home and children issues.

These challenges can result in essential business strategies, like asset protection, getting lost in the mix. Women are the sole or primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of U.S. households, and while it’s impossible to avoid all risk, it is possible to guard against resulting financial losses. One thing women business owners can do for themselves on this day is put in place the needed insurance and protections.


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