“A strong woman holds on to the belief that she is strong enough for the journey she faces; and a woman of faith believes that it is in this journey of her life that she will become strong.”
— Millie Leung, Entrepreneur, Author, and International Speaker
Around 163 million women worldwide have started their journey as entrepreneurs since 2016. Ever since, women’s entrepreneurship has continued to follow an upward trend, with more and more women venturing into the business world.
Today, women entrepreneurs are creating jobs and contributing to economic growth & social progress across the globe. Unfortunately, barriers and constraints women entrepreneurs face today are gender-specific which stem from cultural values, customs, and norms.
Women entrepreneurs are creating more jobs than ever, contributing to the Gross National Product (GNP) of various economies like their male counterparts. Even more fascinating are the contributions women entrepreneurs make to society. As evidence speaks, women entrepreneurs are more likely to reinvest their profits in education, family, and their community.
For example, the path-breaking work of Grameen Bank shows that small micro-credit loans given to women are always paid back, and the funds are invested in businesses, providing funds to educate children and lift families out of poverty.
No doubt, women entrepreneurs are transforming families and society, making contributions to business development.
According to studies, women often experience bias stemming from expectations of female leadership styles and perceptions of how they lead. This leads to discrimination when women are considered less favourably than men. Prejudice is also there, which often leads to barriers to women becoming leaders and climbing the leadership ladder of success.
A supportive environment for women’s entrepreneurship and leadership requires unified systems with reciprocal features and a constructive culture. Without opportunities for growth, investments & financial capital, a mixture of innovative & progressive institutional provisions, women entrepreneurs cannot thrive.
Since women have faced more gender-based barriers to securing capital for their businesses, they end up securing smaller amounts of investment capital and fewer bank loans. To help women overcome these obstacles, a favourable entrepreneurial environment must be created. That includes policies that encourage financial institutions to market investment funds & loans to women directly. Ideally, they should create and assign specific financial products exclusively for women entrepreneurs.
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