– Women currently make up less than 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs in the United States
– According to a 2013 business survey, in the U.S. alone, there are approximately 8.6 million female-owned businesses, with $1.3 trillion in revenue, employing 7.8 million people.
– Women-owned businesses are set to grow 90% over the next 5 years, with 500,000 new businesses in the U.S. alone each year
– What do chocolate chip cookies, computer code, Kevlar (the bullet-proof material for protective vests, etc.) and the windshield wiper have in common? They were all invented by a woman.
– An educated woman is one of the single most powerful forces for change on this planet. Economists have discovered that “The girl effect” occurs when you empower a young girl with long-term education, she devotes 90% of her greater earning potential back to her family, the education of her children, and building her local community, which elevates her family from poverty and changes her world.
– Women have a 97% repayment rate for micro-loans which make them ideal candidates for starting small businesses