This past Wednesday, we celebrated #WomensEntrepreneurshipDay at The Idea Village and highlighted some of our own “women entrepreneurs in New Orleans”:http://ideavillage.org/ideainsider/detail/99/five-women-entrepreneurs-rocking-the-new-orleans-startup-scene.
Today, we are rounding out the week celebrating different voices of women entrepreneurs in a Week in Words.
We recognize that entrepreneurship can be extremely difficult, and women in business often face their own unique challenges. A study published in _American Political Science Review_ found that in collaborative group settings, “The time that women spoke was significantly less than their proportional representation–amounting to less than 75 percent of the time that men spoke.”
But there is great power in communicating your ideas and vision to others, so, today, we are celebrating the voices of women entrepreneurs, past and present.
1. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
–Audre Lorde, author
2. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat and activist
3. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
–Mary Anne Radmacher, artist
4. “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.”
–Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
5.”A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”
–Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
6. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”
–Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire
7. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
–Anais Nin, author
8. “Don’t just stand for the success of other women– insist on it.”
–Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns
9. “Nothing will work unless you do.”
–Maya Angelou, author and activist
10. “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual.”
–Natalie Clifford Barney, author