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This Day in Commonwealth Club History: The Role of the Female Entrepreneur

Apr 21, 2014 @ 2:54 PM by jzipperer

In 1993, when Shelia Cook gave her April 21st talk on “The Role of the Female Entrepreneur,” the presence of woman-owned enterprise in the U.S. economy was growing quickly (link upens up a PDF), and today women still start businesses at a rate higher than the national average (link opens up PDF).

But women haven't been catching up to men in the creation of big, high-revenue businesses. At a Club event this March, Arianna Huffington suggested that women, more often than men, go into entrepreneurship looking for job flexibility and satisfaction rather than pure financial gain, while Sheryl Sandburg argued that lingering stereotypes about what business magnates look like are holding women back.

Clearly whatever causes this gender gap hasn't restrained the Power Women speaking to the Club next month.