Did you know that gender-based barriers exist for female entrepreneurs in 31 countries?
What about the fact that if there was no gender growth gap,15 million US-based jobs could be created over the next two years?
These and other thought-provoking facts were released in June at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (#DWEN) Summit. Their research details the challenges facing women entrepreneurs worldwide, and highlights the importance of supporting and encouraging girls to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, and #DWEN Summit keynote speaker, said, “We have an obligation to demonstrate the power of our voice and the value of our perspective, by serving as pioneers and role models for today’s young girls. Communities, business leaders, and governments all over the world must stand up and recognize the reality that sits at the very core of the Girl Scout mission—that girls matter.”
The Girl Scout Research Institute has its own studies on girls’ attitudes, well-being, and healthy development that reiterate the need to support and encourage tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
The State of Girls: Unfinished Business and Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, show that while progress has been made, girls have limited exposure to STEM fields and shy away from careers in politics. They do not list leadership as a goal or priority, and see a number of relational and societal obstacles in the way of their own success.
Are you an aspiring or new small business owner? Do you have an idea that you can’t stop thinking about? These facts say that you deserve encouragement! And that the world needs you!
Are you a woman entrepreneur? TAKE ACTION. Empower young women to build entrepreneurial skills! Share your story! Invest in STEM education for girls!
According to Melinda Gates, it’s your duty.
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”