Women Entrepreneurs

Women make up more than a third of the self-employed, and they launch businesses at double the rate of men.

In 2011, 5.6% of employed women were self-employed compared with 8% of men. In the last 40 years, the percentage of self-employed women has risen while the percentage of men has slightly fallen.

Many of the occupations we've listed with significant numbers of self-employed also contain large percentages of women.  For example:

  • Management, professional, and related occupations: 50%
  • Computer and information systems managers: 31%
  • Farmers and Ranchers: 25%
  • Property, real estate, and community association managers: 49%
  • Artists: 50%
  • Writers and authors: 55%
  • Advertising sales agents: 49%

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