Let’s be honest, every day is women’s entrepreneurship day! On November 19th though, we take a day out of our busy, business-building lives to acknowledge the incredible strides we’ve made, the unique challenges we face, and the uncharted places we’re going.
Yesterday was the first ever Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and it is a big deal.
From the Digital Journal:
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially proclaimed Wednesday, November 19, 2014, as Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED); the launch of this inaugural event is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters inNew York City (777 East 44th St.). Tickets are available online for this unprecedented Day that will be live-streamed in 144 countries during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The event will feature inspiring speakers, panel discussions, a WED Awards Luncheon and more and is in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) will be the world’s largest celebration of women entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators; bringing ideas to life, driving economic growth and expanding human welfare.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a worldwide movement that will carry throughout the year in support of female entrepreneurs and businesses on every continent, gathering a think tank of female leaders. WED’s global team of Ambassadors, from Rwanda to Saudi Arabia, is primed to activate their communities with the WED movement. A student ambassador global initiative is in full swing with top colleges, including Stanford, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Babson and University of Oxford. Finally, On December 3, 2014, WED will launch the #WomenWOW social media campaign to encourage citizens to support women-owned businesses and causes.”
Women have proven themselves to be an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with. In the US alone, women own more than 10 million businesses generating more than 2.5 trillion dollars annually. One in seven employees works for a woman-owned business. More than 47% of those businesses are in the service industry. Those are just our national statistics, the world picture has much more to say.
When women are empowered to drive their futures, create their own enterprises, and follow their passions, nothing is impossible. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go. I for one, definitely want to be part of the conversation.
Who inspires you and what do you dream of creating?