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In Case You Missed It: Entrepreneurship

Today marks the end of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) taking place at UN Headquarters in New York with the primary theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”

In light of continuing this theme and supporting all women’s work, we are highlighting past blog posts about entrepreneurship and strong entrepreneurs who are changing the world of work for women directly. We know (and the research supports) that companies with greater gender equality in their workforce and top management are better able to attract and retain female talent and motivate their female workers. They better understand and respond to the needs of female customers and better address complex problems by incorporating more diverse views. These blog posts show how supporting women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs is the smart choice:

This post has a great infographic of The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur — it’s a good reminder of how far we’ve come…and how far we have to go to achieve true equality in the workplace. As Linda notes, the graphic showcases important issues including statistics about women’s lack of confidence and their underrepresentation in tech industries. 

Women-Owned Must Mean Women-Controlled by Maggie Berry, WEConnect International, Europe

Maggie joined us as Power Shift 2015 in Oxford and in this post shows how control gives women-owned businesses the advantage they need. Tht 1% makes all the difference. 

This post comes from our Voices from the Field series, intended to showcase some of the real work women are doing on the ground. Aprelle recently launched her fashion brand and shares some of the challenges and learnings of running a business in Kenya and South Sudan. 

This is Aprelle’s first post for Voices from the Field — read her amazing journey.

This is an email exchange between Linda and Karen Hughes, author of Female Enterprise in the New Economy, as they prepare for opening remarks at Power Shift 2013. They were working on a way to frame the comparisons to be made between the circumstances for women entrepreneurs in developing versus developed nations. As the dialogue has evolved, Linda thought it might make provocative reading and that maybe some would want to offer opinions of their own. 


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