What Are Businesses Afraid Of?

How is it women are welcomed on the front line in the Marines but not on more corporate boards?  Does this mean our skill at killing is worthy but not our skill in business strategies?

What does this show us about our value in our own communities?

While women make up 75% of purchasing decisions – they also make up less than 1% of suppliers to corporations and government.

Which parts of this financial makeup in our business world is acceptable today?

”Women have almost $US20 trillion in purchasing power and yet they are not involved in the creation and solution of services,’‘ WeConnect’s president and co-founder, Elizabeth Vazquez, said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/help-is-at-hand-for-little-women-20120610-2047b.html#ixzz1xQaCndno

ISLAMABAD –Begum Salma Ahmed Shah is a renowned businesswoman and is FPCCI Vice President. She is the founder President & CEO of Woman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) Sindh and Chairperson of BSA Inc Karachi.

As compared to men indeed the ratio of women in the field of trade and industry is almost negligible. Among other reasons why women are shying away from industry are four major reasons

(1) An enormous amount of money required for investment.

(2) The investment climate is unstable due to the electricity & gas shortages.

(3) Access to credit is not easy.

(4) The interest rates for loans are not viable.

(5) The law and order conditions prevailing in Karachi.

Women are therefore shy of making long-term investments. As far as trade is concerned a large number of women are taking part in this activity especially in the urban areas. However, the figures are not satisfactory and new venues of investment must be tapped, in order to attract a larger ratio of women.

Read more: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/business/10-Jun-2012/fpcci-should-encourage-women-in-business

Women around the world are asking these questions.  Will women in American join the conversation with intentional actions to create solutions?  I am ready, are you?

What Will We Do to Change This Weary Growing Situation?

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