# The Challenges Faced by Female Entrepreneurs in Business
The experiences of female entrepreneurs in today’s business world are often marked by significant challenges and obstacles. Despite the growing number of women-owned businesses, there are still disparities between men and women business owners that continue to persist.
## Female Entrepreneurship in Numbers
– The number of women entrepreneurs in the United States is rapidly increasing, with women-owned businesses increasing by 58% between 2007 and 2018, compared to the overall 12% increase in businesses.
– Women own approximately 12 million U.S. businesses, making up only 20% of all employer firms.
– Women are less likely than men to seek funding for their business (25% vs 34%) and receive less funding than men.
## Gender Challenges for Women in Tech
Women in majority-male workplaces are more likely to report gender equality, discrimination, or sexual harassment. Female entrepreneurs in male-dominated industries such as tech or engineering often face social prejudices and perceptions regarding their roles.
## Tearing Down the Challenges Facing Women Entrepreneurs
To bridge the gap between entrepreneurial men and women, there are practical steps that can be taken:
– Encourage investment in female-led businesses
– Create new banking products specifically for parent entrepreneurs to alleviate the burden of caring for families from women
– Provide more education resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities for women and girls
Additionally, addressing cultural biases and social prejudices is essential for bringing about lasting change. This can be achieved through:
– Introducing more female role models
– Showcasing more successful businesswomen in pop culture
– Encouraging more discussions on the importance of female inclusivity in workplaces, schools, and institutions
– Teaching girls to broadcast their abilities instead of fearing failure
These efforts may take time, but they are the small steps that lead to significant changes in the treatment of women in business.
**About the Author**
*Angelina Liparteliani* is a digital marketing expert for Johnson & Johnson and the founder of GLAMLAB. Connect with her on [LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelina-liparteliani/).
*This is a beginner’s guide to understanding the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in business, offering actionable steps to bridge the gender gap and create a more inclusive and empowering environment for women in the business world.*
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