- • Women currently make up less than 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs in the United States
- •According to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 annual survey of entrepreneurs, Women-owned employer firms in the United States increased by approximately 2.8 percent in 2016 to 1,118,863 from 1,088,466 in 2015,
- • 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!
- • Chocolate chip cookies, computer code, Kevlar (the bullet-proof material for protective vests, etc.) and the windshield wiper all have something special in common: THEY WERE INVENTED BY WOMEN!
- • 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 a 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.
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WED SAUDI ARABIA hosted a nation-wide entrepreneurship training program for 60,000 female college students and early-stage entrepreneurs. 25 young women received funding to launch their own businesses.
WED NEW YORK sponsored 20 disadvantaged girl students from Restart Academy to attend the WED Summit at the United Nations. ReStart Academy provides educational services for 13–21 year old students in transitional settings, including juvenile justice, substance use treatment, mental/behavioural health treatment, hospitals, social services agencies, and other temporary or involuntary settings. Our goal was to help make their dreams come true by giving these enthused young girls the exposure and opportunity to be inspired and network with successful women leaders, entrepreneurs, and business game changers! WEDO believes in the necessary knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) for success in the future tech industries.
WED NEW YORK – During the WED Summit on November 16, 2018 in the United Nations’ Delegates Dining Room, WED donated 1000 microloans to impoverished women to be economically empowered to start their own businesses through a partnership with Opportunity International, to administer the loans.
WED NEW YORK sponsored 50 disadvantaged girls to attend the WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL
WED OMAN announced an initiative to empower women and girls by using their vote against arranged marriages.
WED CROATIA sponsored donating one scholarship of 10,000 Kuna to a female entrepreneur for a Business Management degree.
WED URUGUAY , in partnership with a local university, offered 20 scholarships to the girls present at the WED summit.
WED PHILIPPINES educated 1000 rural women with financial literacy – all over the world WED’s Ambassador team is making an impact!
WED COLOMBIA provided 200 women Entrepreneurs for legal and accounting advice to enhance their start-ups.
WED TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO has created the largest business directory with 250 women owned businesses.
WED ZIMBABWE in partnership with Masvingo Polytechnic, trained and funded 15 impoverished women to create their own soap enterprises
WED YANGON, MYANMAR sponsored 20 women business grants and 50 rural women financial literacy training.
WED MINNEAPOLIS has donated $12K to the Women’s Foundation Initiative Innovators and Programme and $12K into leadership in economic opportunity programme for women of colour, indigenous women and the LGBTQ community in greater Minnesota.
WED SAN FRANCISCO presented 20 disadvantaged girls scholarships for a summer dance program.WED Idaho funded 25 high school students to participate in a business pitch competition.
All over the world WED’s Ambassador Team is making an impact by empowering women and girls globally!