Posted on July 22, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Management, Project Management

It’s no secret that the number of successful and professional women grabbing hold and empowering the entrepreneurial world has grown exponentially in the last several years. More and more women are upholding executive roles such as business owners, CEOs, VPs, and various other managerial positions. Among these are also project management roles.

Regardless of which position she’s in, women all over the world are developing new networking skills and strategies and stretching their entrepreneurial legs. Women were stereotyped in working secretarial, educational, or nursing roles not thirty years ago. While these positions are still predominantly held by women, they are also branching out into other roles and industries that are stereotyped as “male roles”.

Forget in the last several years, in the last decade (approximately between 1997 and 2006), women-owned and operated businesses grew more than any other business in the U.S. As of 2011, it was estimated that at least ten million businesses had ownership of 50% or more women.

More and more women are even running the show in most corporate settings all over the world as well. In 2012, approximately 6,000 companies in the world have at least one female director working at an executive level.

Going even further, as of 2008, women hold approximately 46.3% of the labor force in the U.S. Approximately 15% of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. have female corporate officers.

While some of this data was from several years to almost a decade ago, it is almost certain that these numbers have increased at the rate that small businesses and start ups are growing in the U.S.

So this begs the question: Why the gradual and astonishing increase in the number of female business owners and project managers, directors, and CEOs? This could be due to economic changes and pressure for women to survive in the work force, the desire for women to be successful as men, or even in an attempt to help close the pay gap between men and women.

Regardless of the reason why more and more women are pouring into business, the statistics are still surprising, but unfortunately, women still have a long way to go to catch up with men in the work force and in corporate America. But the growth in women-owned and operated small businesses is an astonishing fact in itself. There are even organizations and foundations established to help women in business succeed. In fact, there are many grants available to those women who are looking to start up small businesses.

All in all, women in business and even in project management are increasing dramatically. The number of PMI certified women in the U.S. is also increasing, not to mention those women who operate and serve within the PMI organization itself. So hats off to the ladies who have been busy networking, consulting, solution-ing, and just rocking it in the world of the business in the last few months, the last year, and in the last decade.

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