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  1. #1
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    Apr 2008

    Only 3% of women's businesses reach $1mil- glass ceiling?

    As a female entrepreneur, I was kind of appalled at hearing this news considering that the number of women entrepreneurs is increasing at an extraordinary rate, growing at four times the national pace of business formation between 1997 and 2002. Women owned firms now account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. businesses according to the Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson College

    Is this just another glass ceiling?

    I really believe that better press, increased dialogue and sponsorship—from angel networks to corporations—is the key to establishing a strong women’s network.

    And from seeing what the fabulous female entrepreneurs (Sandy Lerner, Cisco; Kay Koplovitz, USA Networks) are doing out there, that change is happening right now.

    Let’s discuss, I would love to hear what others have to say about these statistics. Did they shock you as much as me?

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    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    I read about this glass ceiling and wasn't surprised, that's from my own experience. I guess we just lack confidence. I have to say it's not my path (and I'm not hampered by kids or family). I went on that road once and could perhaps have taken the position of my manager when he retired, if during the seven years or so I was his assistant I had acted with more confidence and authority. But I just silently backed him up and corrected HIS mistakes and nobody new. But when I made a mistake I thought: you see, I'm not good enough. I'm not a leader. Well, after he retired they reorganised the department and my function became redundant. They gave me a job I hated and so I looked around and I found free lance work as a translator elsewhere and I kept a part time job at my old company, just for security. I'm happy because now I'm doing work that really makes me happy and the part time job is just a two days a week nuisance. The good thing about it is that since about two years the manager is a woman! It feels so much better. We talk about crochet and crafting during breaks!

    I read in a Dutch newspaper that in Sweden (I think it's Sweden but Scandinavia for sure) by LAW companies must have at least 40 % women in their boards. If they don't follow up the government closes the company, period! Could someone point that out to Hillary? I'm all for her, though I doubt it if she has a chance to win the elections even if SHE gets to be the candidate.


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