In a year that’s been fraught with bad news and political divisiveness, it’s nice to find a glimmer of hope: Women business owners are crushing it. As of 2015, there are more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses in the United States, employing nearly 7.9 million people and contributing $1.4 trillion into the economy, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Those statistics haven’t come without quite a bit of hard work, though. Historically, women start businesses with significantly less capital than many other entrepreneurs, but that doesn’t seem to slow anyone's roll. Even when female entrepreneurs talk about mistakes they made, the story usually ends with them picking themselves back up, ready to share even more advice for women business owners. Between our willingness to talk about our challenges with one another and our hardworking mentality, it’s no wonder that the number of female-owned businesses is on the rise.