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Today is the last day of women’s history month and as significant as the support and awareness of women has been these past 31 days, it is important to maintain this solidarity the rest of the year.
In the professional arena, women entrepreneurs are reaching historic achievements. Women are starting 1,100 new businesses every day and the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that they are presently awarding 5.05 percent of federal small business contracts to women-owned small businesses. Women-owned businesses grew by 27.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, and women business owners are continually setting the stage for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released a report this week detailing the state of women in leadership. AAUW asserts, “Women are much less likely than men to be in leadership positions. In universities, businesses, courts, unions, and religious institutions, male leaders outnumber female leaders by wide margins.”