Advances for women, but more to be done
By Cynthia Johnson, Director, Established Business Program, WBDC
Meg Cook, President, Painters USA

August 26, Women’s Equality Day, marks the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment — the day women were given the Constitutional right to vote.

In the last 99 years, women have made remarkable strides, especially in the world of politics and business. In 2018, America elected 117 new women to the U.S. House or Senate, a record number, bringing the total number of women in Congress to 127 and 25 in the Senate. Plus, nine women were elected governor in 2018. As we look to the presidential election, six women are viable candidates.

The same can be said for women business owners and entrepreneurs. According to the 2018 American Express State of Women-Owned Business Report, there are approximately 12.3 million women-owned businesses nationwide, a major contrast to the approximately 402,000 nearly 50 years ago. The Women’s Business Development Center, with offices throughout the Midwest, including Chicago, is proud to be part of that success…  Read More

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