By Geri Stengel
Did you know that, despite ALL the growth in the overall numbers of women entrepreneurs, the rate of women’s entrepreneurship is half the rate of men, according to the Kauffman Foundation, which researches entrepreneurship? (See below for infographic.) “This is due to a variety of factors, including entrepreneurship being perceived as a male-dominated field, lack of financial capital and mentorship, and work-life balance challenges,” emailed Emily Fetsch, research assistant at Kauffman and coauthor of Labor After Labor.
It is also because you can’t be what you can’t see. “Economies with initiatives that increase visibility and access to role models are likely to encourage women entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses,” according to GEM Special Report: Women’s Entrepreneurship 2015. So I’m delighted that Dream, Girl, a documentary about five entrepreneurs, will be premiering on June 9 in New York City at the Paris Theater and live-streamed to Australia and San Francisco. Films like this are worth their weight in gold. It shows women running innovative and growth-oriented companies. The film is both inspirational and practical, providing advice that women can put to use in both their personal and business lives.
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