Thursday, July 4, 2013
Women Who Make America
Happy Independence Day! Women are often the unsung daily heroes who keep this country thriving. In 2009, Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress produced a report exploring the new reality that for the first time in our nation's history, fully half of the U.S. workers are female and mothers have become the primary breadwinners. Click here to read the executive summary of the report.
Women are dominating small businesses. Women in business have seen growth faster than any other business over the last decade. From 1997 to 2011, the growth in number of businesses was 34% for all businesses, but was 50% for women-owned businesses. Women-owned businesses are expected to generate 57% of the approximately 10 million small business jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to be created between 2009 and 2018.
Women are building this country in all sectors of society, from business and the military to politics and education. AOL and PBS launched Makers: Women Who Make America, a digital platform highlighting the trailblazing women of today and tomorrow. You can browse through the Maker's website to learn more about inspiring women throughout American history. Share these videos with other men and women in your life!