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As numerous outlets have reported, the pandemic is taking a devastating toll on women, with many women carrying a disproportionate amount of caregiving responsibilities. The personal impact of this change is significant and, as Jean Case recently wrote in Inc., there is also an economic imperative to keeping women in the workforce.

In a new research report, the Kauffman Foundation notes that “even entrepreneurship, an economic activity that can potentially offer more autonomy and flexibility, is made more difficult for mothers by child care challenges and barriers to entrepreneurship for women more broadly.”

Additionally, the report found that:

  • Among entrepreneur mothers, 1 in 4 reported being the sole provider in their household before the pandemic.

  • Twenty-seven percent of Black entrepreneur mothers reported being sole providers, compared to 19% of Hispanic entrepreneur mothers and 23% of white entrepreneur mothers.

This data reminds us how critical it is for women, especially women of color, to get the support and resources they need to remain in entrepreneurship and the workforce at large.
As we celebrate Black History Month, and as an organization committed to inclusive entrepreneurship, we celebrate Black innovators across America who inspire us, like Madam CJ Walker, a businesswoman, philanthropist and social activist who worked to empower others.
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