Columbus Business First
by Carrie Ghose
There were 40,000 women-owned businesses in Franklin County in 2012, a 29 percent increase over five years earlier. Those businesses represented 39 percent of all businesses, but just 12 percent of revenue.
The 47-page report, available here, goes into detail about how bias – whether conscious or not – enforces stereotypes such as that men are breadwinners and women nurturers. It calls for a communitywide effort, starting young, to become more aware of implicit bias and pull more women into leadership roles and jobs with a living wage.
“Several actions provide an opportunity to create an economically secure community for women and girls in Central Ohio,” says the report, which the Women’s Fund commissioned from OSU’s Kirwan Institute.