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Julie Weeks

Julie R. Weeks is president and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works with leaders to better understand and address the barriers impacting the ability of women to start and grow businesses. She was formerly Director of Research at the Center for Women’s Business Research and Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. She serves on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

Four Womenabling Numbers You Should Know

At the recent Enterprising Women of the Year annual gathering, I spoke to other members of the Editorial Advisory Board to update them on trends in women’s entrepreneurship around the world. This year, I shared four key numbers that every womenabler should know. Here they are for all of you to know and share as well:

69 - For every 100 male business owners there are around the world, there are only 69 female business owners. (SOURCE: Babson College, 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Women’s Report

392 million - The number of women business owners worldwide. (SOURCE: Womenable tabulation from the International Labour Organisation’s 2015 Key Indicators of the Labour Market

$285 billion - The estimated gender credit gap in developing economies around the world. (SOURCE: Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute, Giving credit where it is due

$12 (or $28) trillion - The amount that would be added to global GDP if there were economic gender parity among all countries in each region of the world (the ‘best in region’ scenario, totaling $12T) or among all countries worldwide (the ‘full potential’ scenario, totaling $28T). (SOURCE: McKinsey Global Institute, The Power of Parity

So, fellow womenablers, keep these four (or five) numbers at the ready. They not only indicate the amount of work we still have to do, but the benefits that will be realized once we approach economic parity.

 

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