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When you say “entrepreneur”, people automatically think of men. They still think that women aren’t present in big roles in the tech industry. Even worse, investors have doubts about female founders: can they lead?
Research shows that female start-up founders often face negative attitudes during pitches. Investors tend to ask them prevention-focused questions, while they ask male entrepreneurs promotion-focused questions.
Women are equally smart and capable as their fellow males, if not better. Despite the presence of highly successful women in the industry, we find the need to specify that a founder is “female” as if it were an exception. A study from Illuminate reveals that the percentage of male founders indicating hardship in “balancing family and work” was double that of female founders. They also attach more importance to the “need for financial security” than women.
Take a look at this Forbes 2020 World’s Billionaires List. Of the 234 successful, self-made women on the list of 2,095 billionaires – yes, women only account for 11% – half are from China.
So who are these high-achieving women entrepreneurs? Let their achievements speak for them.
Lucy Lei Peng
“Women’s poverty alleviation is my KPI”
(Source: Caiwei Chen/Pandaily)
As one of the 18 co-founders of …
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