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Women Lead

Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders

Edited By Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Caroline Molina-Ray

Women are taking the lead in today’s workforce. They hold half of America’s jobs, 51% of supervisory and managerial positions, and nearly 60% of all college degrees. A woman starts a business in the U.S. every 60 seconds. Without women, the U.S. economy would be 25% smaller than it is today.
Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women’s role in today’s workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
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4. Forging Their Own Paths: Self-Employed Women, Small-Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs


Forging Their Own Paths

Self-Employed Women, Small-Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs

If you’ve ever posted a picture on Flickr, made a book on, used a tip from Lifehacker, or hired a babysitter from Sittercity, you’ve got a woman to thank. If you’ve ever brought a child to Build-A-Bear, worn lotion from The Body Shop, bought a Baby Einstein video, or even donned a pair of Spanx, you’ve benefited from a woman’s great idea. All across the nation, women entrepreneurs are reshaping our society and workforce with their innovations.

Women have founded less famous but still enormously profitable companies in every major industry. PC Connection, cofounded by Patricia Gallup, has annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. Gloria Bohan’s Omega World Travel makes $1.2 billion a year, and Liz McKinley’s Pinnacle Petroleum, one of the nation’s fastest-growing woman-owned companies, makes $120 million annually. Delta Energy, United Scrap Metal, Cole Chemical and Distributing, JUICE Pharma Worldwide, CFJ Manufacturing, construction agency The Saxon Group, and many other woman-owned companies have annual revenues of over $25 million.

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