Another year has passed and it is International Women’s Day again and the media will commentate on the gender pay gap, the lack of women in leadership, and the continued unconscious bias against women in many areas of the work landscape.
What about female founders and business owners – what of their gender experience?
Many women choose to start their own business for a sense of freedom and to remove themselves from the bias in the workplace. I know I did – sick of the lack of flexibility in corporate life – wanting to be both a parent and have a full and interesting career, I started my own business when my children were two and four.
Listen: Naomi Simson shares the reality of starting a small business from home.
My own journey has not been without its challenges…. But that is for another time.
I found myself in the fortunate position that I could become involved with the startup community including many initiatives to amplify women founders. I was one of the first to put up my hand and participate in Scale Investors, which invests in female founders, Heads Over Heels, a female founders support network, and I’ve contributed to many others from Springboard, EY Winning Women, University of Melbourne Business & Economics Alumni – Women’s program and others.
The reason for listing these out is that there is no shortage of effort – yet sometimes I wonder if anything is really happening.
Yes, we need more role models but is there just as much bias when it comes to women founders as their employee counterparts?