I went ahead and made a graphic of an entrepreneur, not a specific ‘female entrepreneur’, but a regular ole’ entrepreneur with very feminine qualities so that females can start to think of themselves more as entrepreneurs.
Here’s what Google Images pulls up when I google ‘Anatomy of an Entrepreneur’:
This is what our society pictures when we think of an entrepreneur. Less than a quarter of these images hint at female anatomy, while males make up the other three quarters. (Minus that robot entrepreneur thrown in there). If our society was made up of 3 quarters men and only a quarter women, then I wouldn’t be writing this article, because all of this would make sense. But that’s not the case – our world is pretty much half male and half female. (Plus all of that in between).
I’m excited because of all of the growth that we’ve had in the female executive sector in recent years, especially in capitalist societies! It’s hard to escape the entrepreneurial spirit that we have here! But I wanted to figure out why – other than a lack of capital funding for female-led companies and a desire that women have to have babies – females just weren’t going for founding a business as much as the males.
Here’s what I think the main reason is: the average female doesn’t typically think of themself as an entrepreneur. And even if they start to, they’re met with plenty of doubt and opposition from the people around them when they express this.
My dad started his own business in the 90s, and I watched my mom work her butt off to run a couple of businesses too. I’m a typical millennial in a sense that my parents always told me that I was special, and that I could do anything that I set my mind to. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) So I’ve always had the entrepreneurial bug, and as a kid, just assumed that I would start my own business one day. (Thought I’d be a little further along in age, but hey – it HAD to happen at 28. I just had to get it out).
But even still, I was met with plenty of self-doubt, (as I’m sure any entrepreneur is), and it was just reinforced as I looked around and started researching entrepreneurs. Son of a wealthy businessman here, Harvard alumni there, male software engineer over there, etc. etc. But it didn’t stop me, and it doesn’t have to stop you either.
The first thing that I had to work on to put myself in the position of starting a company was to renovate a 5 x 8 space in my apartment that would normally be reserved for a dining room table. I had to create the space.
I was at a point in my life, (we're talking March 2016), where I felt like I was finally over my divorce, had about 10+ years of partying under my belt, and was ready to work. I wanted that dining room space to become an office, not just because I wanted a home office, but because I was ready to devote space to a career that I was going to love.
I was working as a mortgage loan officer, and was just uninspired and felt lazy, and wanted to develop the parts of myself that I felt like I'd been neglecting so that I could have a 'real job'. I do like the challenge of mastering something that I have no background in, but I wasn't really mastering it, because I just couldn't get into it. I kept looking for more, but could never find it.
"There is no such thing as a lazy person; he is either sick or uninspired"
- Oscar Wilde
I kept the day job, and once my home office was set up, I started brainstorming. A couple of months later, my unnamed company was born!
If you’re someone who naturally has any entrepreneurial traits: vision, bravery, creativity, adaptability, a strong will, passion, risk taking capacity, innovation, dedication, and resourcefulness – go after that business, regardless of your gender.
If you have these multiple entrepreneurial traits, and you haven't really started doing entrepreneurial shit, chances are, you're unhappy with your work. So what if you haven't finished college, if you're a single parent, or you don't even have the discipline to not eat taquitos all day? You'll learn! You're adaptable. Start working on that business.
- Cameron Gray