When we launched Small Business Can (SBC), we had an animated picture of a number of business people standing steadfastly together around the logo. From memory there were about 8 or nine business people; only one was a woman.
A few years later we had great gas when we set up a social group where SBC members could hang out and meet offline for a few beers. It was called the Can ‘man’ group.
We’ve also had panels as part of our Business Live roadshow where the panel was made up exclusively of men.
Yet around 30% of the SBC membership are women. And about 50% of the active membership are women. Being active is where members go out of their way to help other businesspeople, go out of their way to retweet messages that could be of interest to other business people and go out of their way to write up blogs sharing insights that could be of interest to other business people.
In fact, it seems that wherever you look online now, the way is being led by women. And maybe it’s about time? Look at where ‘men led’ and ‘male dominated’ society has brought us?
If we’re lucky, this century will, hopefully, be a ‘woman led’ century…not ‘female dominated’ – because that’s the kind of macho language that leads to the type of aggressive dog eat dog policies that keeps on getting us into a mess, generation after generation.
If the US is anything to go by, and let’s face it, America ‘does’ and the rest of us follow, we are in the century of women, if reports in these six top journals resonate.
BusinessWeek on the househusbands to the rich and famous female CEOs.
The Washington Post on women making more money than their “recliner-king” husbands.
The Atlantic on the gender shift under the controversial title, The End of Men.
The Economist on girls and women being a better investment for the economy because they are better equipped for the new jobs of the 21st century, where brains will count more than brawn.
Time Magazine‘s cover story, The Richer Sex, revealed that the majority of working wives will out-earn their husbands in the next generation.
The LA Times on the increasing percentatge of businesses being owned by women.
The articles in these prestigious journals show that:
- Women now fill a majority of jobs in the U.S., including 51.4 percent of managerial and professional positions;
- Women agred 30 and under make 8% more money, on average, than their male counterparts in all but three of the largest cities in the U.S.;
- Young women (ages 18-34) value a high-paying career more than young men;
- 23 percent of wives now out-earn their husbands;
- During the recent recession, three men lost their jobs for every woman;
- For every two men who will receive bachelor’s degrees this year, three women will do the same;
- 60% of all Masters degrees are going to women;
- Homes are now purchased twice as often by women than men.
- From 1997 to 2007, female-owned businesses grew by 44% to 7.8 million compared with 22% for firms owned by men, a US Government Commerce Department study finds. Female-owned firms added 500,000 workers; male-owned firms lost 2 million
It’s about time.
SBC is also getting its act together. These pages are dedicated to women in business. Like most things that we do we have half a plan. However we have businesswomen guiding us this time, so these pages and our Businesswomen Can initiative is probably going to get bigger and better.