Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Walking around the exhibit hall of the Great Homeschool Convention, you quickly realize that home education is an area of immense opportunity. Booth after booth represents another risk-taking venture, an exercise of the entrepreneurial spirit, desiring to fill a need and make a profit while doing so.

And most of these entrepreneurs are women.

These entrepreneurs don’t get much credit from the world at large. A world that fetishizes startups in Silicon Valley and laments the lack of diversity. A world that would downplay these accomplishments because, to them, these risk-takers are just reinforcing the traditional heteronormative domestic roles of women.

Creative women creating opportunities for their own families, while focusing on the needs other families, is a little too quaint. A bit too traditional and parochial. They aren’t truly helping to change the world. All they are doing is helping other families educate their own children, to help them bring up the next generation.

How lame is that?

Or maybe….just maybe…the idea of a woman running a business with her family, and for her family, is so ancient that it has become new again? And as a result, it is something truly revolutionary.

“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.”Proverbs 31:16, 18.

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