Women entrepreneurs are fantastic. We're driven. Tenacious. Resilient. Inspiring. Creative. Innovative. I could go on and on and on. And I'm not just saying all of these because I am one - millions of women across the world are shattering archaic gender stereotypes and paving the way for more women to stand up and make their mark on the business world.
The video below from the International Women's Day website really inspired and motivated me. Us women, we're really making waves! Yes gender inequality still exists in pretty much every country in the world, but it's not holding us down. The facts represented in the video really motivated me to keep pushing forward with my business and to continue to encourage and support other women as well.
Click the link to watch the video - Celebrating International Women's Day Lounge-Style on March 8
Back yet? Gosh wasn't that exciting and inspiring to watch! Here are a few more facts that will lift your spirits and recharge you to continue following your dreams:
- Whilst most male entrepreneurs start businesses primarily to make money, women entrepreneurs are more likely to start a business to better balance their work and family life. Hmmm sound familiar?
- Women in the USA are twice as likely to be entrepreneurially active as women in the UK. If the UK could achieve the same levels of female entrepreneurship as the US, Britain would gain three quarters of a million more businesses
- There are roughly 620,000 majority women owned businesses in the UK generating around £130 billion turnover - The highest number of female start-ups are based in London
- Women entrepreneurs are more likely to work within a network of other women entrepreneurs - research has shown that women who know an entrepreneur are more likely to start a business themselves
- A pound invested in developing women’s enterprise provides a greater return on investment than a pound invested in developing male owned enterprise
- Women starting up in business will tend to provide a more immediate contribution to the economy: Around one in five women come into self-employment from unemployment compared with around one in fifteen for men
- Female entrepreneurs are more likely to a product of service unfamiliar to the market, to have fewer competitors, and they are more likely to be using technology in their products or services than their male counterparts. In addition they are more likely than male businesses to be offering a product or service to the market that has been developed in the last year
- Entrepreneurship amongst black women is almost equal to entrepreneruship amongst black men at 97%
- Women business networks have also been found to be more generous in their philanthropic contributions. At least seven out of ten women entrepreneurs of a new business volunteer their time at least once per month to community-related causes. In addition, 31% of them contribute $5,000 or more to various charities annually.
Basically women entrepreneurs are powerful agents of change, and more of us really need to believe that. Our worth is so much more than naysayers would have us believe. I sincerely hope you're encouraged by the video above and by this post. I certainly know I have been. It can be hard, it can be a struggle. There will be tears, there will be frustrations. However nothing is impossible. Like the Audrey Hepburn quote says, the word itself says "I'm Possible!" So simple yet so powerful if we truly believe it!
We're almost a quarter of the way into 2013 but it's certainly not too late to make your mark. Let's all use today to celebrate ourselves and the wonderful women in our lives. We're all strong. We're all creative. We all have something special, something unique to contribute to the world. No matter your past or circumstances, if there's something you're passionate about - GO FOR IT!!