Why is Microfinance for Women and Entrepreneurship for Men?

While on the Saltire Fellowship, I am constantly faced with the potential of widespread entrepreneurship, which is why I was delighted to stumble upon a great TED video looking at the role of women in entrepreneurship.  This TED video which features Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that professional women running all types of firms – from home businesses to major factories – are the overlooked key to economic development. Women aren’t micro – so why do they only get micro-loans? She makes a provocative point – “When we see the word ‘microfinance’ we think women and when we see the word ‘entrepreneur’ we see men. When it comes to women developing businesses we think small and aim low.” She points out that as women make up half the population, we can no longer treat women as a ‘special interest group’ and that investment in women owned businesses is one of the fastest ways to create global economic growth. Check out the video and let me know what you think:

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