Women In Business

Yes, women are taking over – and it’s a good thing

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It wasn’t until 1792 that a woman stood up for her gender and declared that all women should be treated the same as men. Mary Wollstonecraft cried that women were not born to be slaves meant to satisfy a man’s desire. From the 1800s, the march for women’s rights has made tremendous gains. Women are better represented in the workplace and run millions of businesses worldwide. Here are the 4 things that led to women ruling the business world.

Women embrace their femininity

Women are beautiful and strong. Stories of brave women were becoming more and more common by the 1900s. Yet, in the workplace, women were shying away from their feminine side. Men looked down on women who wore pink or because the traditional woman didn’t demand respect. The issue with that was that a woman shouldn’t have to be a man to live and thrive in his world. A woman should be able to embrace her femininity without losing respect in regards to her work position.

To fix this, all it took was a mindset change. And the modern woman made that change with ease. Now more than ever, women are embracing their femininity in the workplace. They are separating themselves from the men that looked down on them and by doing that, they are gaining significant speed in the business world. Now companies with more female executives are shown to perform better than those with more men. Even more significant, of the 15 jobs expected to grow the most in the next 10 years, 13 are jobs that are predominantly women.

Gender gaps in education

When it comes to college education, women are taking the lead. 72% of recent female high school graduates enrolled in college while only 65% of males enrolled. If this gap continues to increase, it will no longer be the man’s world. It will be a woman’s world.

Women now hold 62% of Masters degrees, 50% of law or medical degrees, and 42% of MBAs. They are letting their voices be heard across the nations.

In the 1950’s only 23% of college graduates were women, but now 58% of graduates are women. Women are taking their education to the next level and recognizing the need for them to be strong and intelligent. Females should feel motivated in college endeavors and continue to increase their educations. They should also continue to encourage younger girls to move on and pursue college degrees–no matter what their future profession might be. Who knows, this might be the very thing that this world needs to finally even out any gender biases left in the United States.

Smart investment choices

If there is one thing that men feel like they dominate, it is the stock market. Far fewer women invest their money in the stock market than men. Studies show that women invest less and are more conservative in their stock choices. The stock market can be an intimidating idea and for women who haven’t invested yet, it’s daunting. Women naturally want to know what they’re doing before they do it–they are far less impulsive than men and so have more potential when it comes to outperforming men in the stock market.

Even though fewer women are investing in stocks, they are still making more profits from the stocks that they invest in. Women outperform men by 0.4% in the stock market. This is because women buy and hold. They choose the right stocks at the right time and then hold onto them.

Becoming business owners

The Nation Association of Women Business Owners reported that in 2017 more than 11.6 million firms were owned by women. They employed 9 million people and generated $1.7 trillion in sales. Women own 36% of all business. Seeing that, 50 years ago, women business owners were extremely rare, 36% is an astounding number. Women are taking hold of the business world and making it their own.

Men will need to watch out in the next couple years. As feminism is rising, women are becoming more and more vital to the business world. In a few short years, the business world will be for the women.

About Sophia Belnap

sophiab@thebusinesswomannmedia.com'

Sophia Belnap graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Organizational Behavior. She went to work at a marketing firm and after a few years realized that consulting was more in her niche. She currently consults for businesses around the country as well as sharing her knowledge with businesses and businesswoman through her writing.

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