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Good Reads on Female Entrepreneurs and Women in the Workforce

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Career & Money

Roundup of articles, posts, research papers and data on women and entrepreneurship with a heavy bent towards technology and VCs. Also sprinkled in some general stats on women purchase power and other stats.


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Venture Capitalists Don't Respect Female Entrepreneurs | Business Insider

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Though the study is still in its preliminary stages and more results...more

This reminds me of the business case study of Heidi / "Henry" Roizen. When the CEO was presented as a she (Heidi - the real CEO), people thought her a bitch. When the name was switched to Henry, he was the kind of leader everyone wanted to work for.

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Silicon Valley Discriminates Against Women, Even If They're Better | PBS

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Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa discovers that the famed...more

Nothing too surprising in this article - as a Silicon Valley female entrepreneur myself I'm well aware of what the authors writes about. What I find interesting is all the comments - most from hostile men who just don't get it.

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Confidence Woman | Time

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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg is on a mission to change the balance...more

Yet another one focused on Sheryl Sandberg and her new "Lean In" book and organization. She truly is an impressive woman. This is a good read with lots of interesting stats.

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In this corner there's Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there's Anne-Marie Slaughter | PandoDaily

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My advice to women is frankly not to listen too much to any advice....more

I am a big fan of Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily and this article really resonated with me. The bottom line - women should stop comparing and judging. Each one of us can define what "having it all" means and stop questioning each others' work-life choices.

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Sheryl Sandberg Presents: Deeply Troubling Stats About Women | Business Insider

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Why do women ;limit their ambitions and sabotage their own careers?

Full of interesting stats on women in the workforce, how we view ourselves vis-a-vis men, and much more.

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Women Executives Make Venture-Backed Companies More Successful | WSJ

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New data suggest investors should seek out female-led companies.

Good article that outlines facts and data rather than speculating on why women make good leaders or improve team dynamics.

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Investing in Women: Infographic

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Investing in Women: Infographic focus on venture capital

Interesting infographic covering female entrepreneurs, VCs and capital flows.

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41 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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The success of prominent female leaders such as Facebook‘s Sheryl...more

Congrats to all the women on this list, including my friend Anne Raimondi of One Jackson.

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Being a Momtrepreneur Is Hard. So Is Everything Else in the World. Let's Move On | PandoDaily

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Regular readers know how much I hate the whole "Woe is me, I'm a woman...more

I love this article from Sarah Lacy. I agree that women can have it all - you just need to realistically define what "all" means. Sure it's tough but why shouldn't it be?

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Why Women Still Can't Have It All | The Atlantic

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It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position...more

This article is really making the rounds among my girlfriends - both working and stay-at-home moms. Most of what she writes resonates but I still like believing we can have it all!

Shannon Anderson: This was such an honest article that it is hard to not to relate to several pieces of it. There is nothing wrong with trying to have it all, but we should also make sure that we are ok that it just may not happen.

CatK: Shannon - good point. And I also think that "balance" and "having it all" means different things to different people. To one woman it might mean working 20 hours per week so she can cook homemade meals and never miss a baseball practice. To another woman it might mean making it to the C-level at a company while still having a loving husband and children she spends quality time with.

CatK: PS - for now I have chosen the less work / more family time route and I do think I have it all.

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Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up Business | The New York Times

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Some women are combining the dual challenges of motherhood and...more

Good read on balancing starting a company with having kids (something I know all too well!) Includes quotes from women I admire including Aileen Lee and Jessica Herrin.

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Sorry, Young Man, You're Not the Most Important Demographic in Tech | The Atlantic

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Despite companies' hamfisted, male-focused marketing efforts,...more

While not directly related to women and technology, speaks to the fact that women are now the biggest consumers of technology and that we are the early adopters who drive new Internet, mobile & tech businesses. So more of us should start companies and get funding!

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Kleiner Perkins Sued By Partner Ellen Pao, Alleging Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination | TechCrunch

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Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, one of the most storied and...more

There has been plenty of coverage of Ellen Pao's lawsuit. I actually find the comments in this TechCrunch more interesting (and sometimes very aggressive and disturbing) to read than the actual article.

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The Future Of Humankind Is Dependent On Technovation Girls | Forbes

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Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz believes in the importance of women in...more

Kudos to Ben Horowitz on this talk. He stresses that girls innovate differently then boys and they also educate others which boys don't do. Our world is rapidly changing due to technology and we need girls/women to be part of that change...literally for the good of the world.

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Women at Work: Can Startups Level the Playing Field? | Mashable

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The infographic below, based on compiled research from the University...more

Interesting infographic on women's positions within start-ups, VCs, funding, etc.

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Thoughts on how to live

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I love to write especially on topics like self-development, what it is...more

Suggested by Blake Landau

Hope my challenges help other women going through the same thing

Eden Godsoe: Blake - thx for sharing your blog. I'm going to read through some posts and spotlight one on my list.

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Why Women Continue to Lag Behind Men In The Startup Community | Forbes

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Interviews reveal five common themes contributing to the fewer number...more

A good quick read on contributing factors to the small percentage of female entrepreneurs, especially in the field of technology.

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These Charts About Women In Leadership Prove How Far The U.S. Is Behind The Rest Of The World | Business...

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Even as European Union considers implementing quotas to increase the...more

I can't say that I'm that surprised that the US is far behind Europe and even South America. Disappointed yes...surprised no.

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Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs? | Both Sides of the Table

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I'm often asked the question about why there aren't more women who are...more

Thoughtful article by Mark Suster. Perhaps even more interesting are the comments from both men and women as well as Mark's responses to those.

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Oh Hai Sexism: Why Aren't There More Women In Technology? | Storify

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So Shanley Kane, self-described "very nice girl, DPS princess,...more

This Storify article from Charles Author is a must read. He tracked the tweets of a young woman and the guys who run Geeklist, Geeklist should be ashamed of themselves. The men played to every bad, sexist stereotype possible. They shared in a public forum what many women know goes on privately.

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