Our society tends to label assertive women entrepreneurs as aggressive, unemotional, and bossy. To counter these negative beliefs, many women entrepreneurs have created networks to help each other overcome these stereotypes and remain successful. These labels are most prevalent in the “corporate world,” where women may be doubted by potential investors and clients. Many individuals in positions of power have learned to perceive leadership as an attribute exclusive to men. However, more women than ever are stepping up to not only change these views but to also bring other women up with them.
The number of women entrepreneurs is significantly growing every day. Successful women entrepreneurs are often more than willing to share the opportunities they come across to the other women working to make a name for themselves. For example, Tory Burch, the well-known founder and CEO of the brand that shares her name, started The Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 specifically to support women entrepreneurs much like herself.
Although, it’s not just multi-millionaires who are encouraging other women to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The development of social media has created an entirely new way for words of wisdom and empowerment to be shared. By connecting with other women entrepreneurs on social media networks, it is much easier to stay aware of any opportunities that would benefit you or a colleague. Also, the people who benefit from your sharing information are more likely to repay the favor and pass along any opportunities relevant to you and your business
When a time comes that you or your business are in need of help, don’t be afraid to reach out to other women entrepreneurs in your circle. Often times, the pressure of feeling that everything must be done on your own comes with being an entrepreneur. Nevertheless, successful women entrepreneurs are able to identify others with talents and connections that can help them to conquer the task at hand. Especially if these women work in fields other than your own, they can expose you to different tools, strategies, software, etc., that you otherwise may not have become aware of. This exchange of information can help create better results and form lasting relationships in the process.
Hope for the Future
The cultural shift we are currently experiencing is very encouraging. As actress and comedian Amy Poehler said, “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” Women entrepreneurs are banding together to take charge and change the world, one business at a time.
Mamizi is proud to be a part of the conversation about providing more entrepreneurial opportunities. Our mobile app, conferences, and career connections foster these lasting relationships between millennial women searching for ways to better their business and their personal brand. Mamizi is dedicated to developing creative women by helping them learn and achieve their goals in entrepreneurial and technological environments.