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The Investment Benefit of Women-Led Businesses

Posted by Valerie De Vol | IACCP®, Chief Operating Officer

August 8, 2018

A recent study of 22,000 publicly traded companies found a correlation between profitability and women in leadership roles. Specifically, when companies increased leadership positions for women from 0% to 30%, profitability increased by 15%. In the private technology sector, it was found that women-led companies were not only more efficient, but also brought in a 35% higher return on investment.[1] 

But statistics also show that the business world has yet to fully bridge the benefits of women in leadership roles with actual participation and investment.

Recent data showed that less than 2% of all venture capital goes to female founders and fewer than 8% of investors are women. And even though American, women-owned businesses represent 28% of American enterprises – while employing 7.7 million people[1] – in the publicly-traded sphere women only hold 5% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies.[2]

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