“As a female entrepreneur, choosing to do business with other female-led companies is one of the best ways to dissolve the patriarchy in the industry.”
While this article underlines the struggles women in business face, particularly in male-based industries, it also offers a simple solution. Women must work together with such vigilance in order to close the gap of gender roles and stereotypes. If you are a woman with a business, no matter what it is, join in unity with other women who also have entrepreneurial aspirations. The sad truth is that oftentimes men won’t bet on your business. So we as women, must bet on each other.
– Victoria Mendoza
wearethecity.com – The issue of gender inequality has been a prominent topic throughout history, and despite women over 30 gaining the right to vote in 1918, the need for feminism is still prevalent in modern society.
In recent years, women have made great strides in the world of business, but nevertheless, there’s no doubt that female entrepreneurs are still facing a number of challenges in the workplace in comparison to their male counterparts.
Today, we’re exploring some of the challenges female entrepreneurs face, and how they can overcome these obstacles in their quest for a successful business.
1. Managing time between work and family life
Whether it’s a startup or well established business, finding that work-life balance is difficult for any entrepreneur – regardless of gender. While the notions of sharing parental leave and the decision to opt for a female breadwinner are becoming increasingly popular, traditional gender expectations often still prevail.
Starting a family can create all sort of challenges in the workplace for a woman. From finding time to fit in antenatal appointments to sharing responsibilities between their business and family, a female entrepreneurs can face far more taxing time management issues than male workers. There’s no right answer to the work-life balance either, it’s all down to personal preference and the demands of the business – meaning female entrepreneurs can often feel guilty for not fitting into the stereotypical roles and expectations.