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Over the past 15 years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown by 54%. Today, there are over 8 million women-owned businesses, and women are founding businesses at a rate 1.5 times higher than the national average.
Those women-owned businesses generate revenues of $1.3 trillion and employ 7.7 million people. That’s 40% more people than the three largest employers combined (Walmart, IBM, and McDonalds).
More women are catching the entrepreneurial spirit every day and winning despite disadvantages faced because of their gender. For example, male-owned businesses receive 95% of venture capital money awarded while women-owned businesses receive just 3-5% of that money.
Female entrepreneurs start off with one-eighth of the funding that male-owned businesses begin with. However, research has shown that women-owned businesses that are venture-backed have 12% higher revenues.
Currently, an estimated 187 million women around the world own businesses or are thinking of starting new businesses. Rather than hitting the corporate glass ceiling or tolerating inflexible work schedules, women are forging their own paths, and the results speak for themselves. The path to entrepreneurial success can be particularly challenging for women who face a long list of gender-based roadblocks like a lack of venture capital funding, but more female entrepreneurs are winning every day.
Over the past 10 years, the growth in the number of women-owned firms with $10 million or more in revenues has increased by 56.6%, which represents a growth rate 47% faster than the growth rate of all $10M+ firms.
Check out the infographic below for even more statistics about women entrepreneurs.
These statistics demonstrate that women entrepreneurs are winning in business by following their own paths to success. Have you caught the entrepreneurial spirit? Leave a comment below and share your entrepreneurial story.
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