Business & Entrepreneurship

New research indicates that women are leaving the corporate world at twice the rate of men. Many of these women are choosing to go into business for themselves. The Center for Women’s Business Research estimates that there are about 10.1 million privately-held women-owned firms in the United States, accounting for two out of every five businesses in the country. These firms generate $1.9 trillion in annual sales and employ 13 million people nationwide. In 1994, legislation was passed requiring the federal government to award a minimum of 5 percent of its contracts to women-owned businesses, a target that has never been met. There are currently no incentives, government departments or agencies tasked with enforcement and no consequences for failing to meet designated targets. Researchers in our network are working to improve guidelines and compliance to benefit women-run businesses.

Re:Gender Resources

Resources

Blog Posts

In her recent article, "A Case for Gender Lens Investing," NCRW Board Member Emerita Jacki Zehner poses the question, "When women hold...
*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...
Introducing the new, fully interactive method of feminist geographical mapping: online map tools!

News

  • January 6, 2012

     Despite the preeminent role women play in healthcare, a recent study by RockHealth uncovered some stunning statistics about the paucity of women running startups (at least that are getting funded). Consider that while women compose 73% of...


  • January 6, 2012

     Female scientists hoping to become entrepreneurs face obstacles — but there are organizations that can help.


  • December 23, 2011

    In an effort to better understand the needs of its driver-members, the Women In Trucking (WIT) Association recently used a research class to conduct a member survey. Dr. Jeanette Kersten’s University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate students assist...


  • December 16, 2011

    Despite their comparatively higher educational attainment and wealth, Western women were far less likely to start a businesses than women in emerging economies, in part because stronger private sectors in developed nations make the temptation to...


  • December 15, 2011

    Minnesota child care providers are at the center of a a battle over whether or not to unionize. The article reviews child care unions in the states that already have them.