Women's empowerment will be front and center in 2017 as more companies and communities invest in women's entrepreneurship — and as women continue to invest in themselves.
Facing a continuing tendency to be locked out of traditional leadership positions, and continuing to earn an average of three-quarters less than men even with the same education in the same occupation, women have begun to carve a different path creating a shift in the economic landscape. While many women have been spurred by Sheryl Sandberg's call to lean in and take a "seat at the table," many others have decided to build their own.
For the last 20 years, women have consistently been starting businesses at a higher rate than men. Eschewing corporate politics, disinterested in climbing and clawing their way up the corporate ladder, or working long days without feeling the fulfillment they crave, women have been starting businesses aligned with personal values seeking freedom, flexibility, and independence.