It’s bad enough that liberal feminists spend their time pounding out their patronizing message that women are victims of society, of men, of the workplace, of media, etc. You name it, women are victims of it, say the liberals. Now comes this report from an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The report manages to take a good piece of information and turn it into a call for help for women. From the executive summary:
It may seem counterintuitive, but small businesses have a huge effect on the American economy. As more and more women join the ranks of small business owners, that effect is only going to grow. In fact, women-owned firms have grown at one and a half times the rate of other small enterprises over the last 15 years and account for nearly 30% of all businesses.
However, even though women are founding companies at a historic rate, a significant gender gap in employer firms remains.
One critical growth trend for women-owned businesses is the rise of a “new” kind of enterprise that often employs no more than its proprietors. These “jobless entrepreneurs” include corporate executives, technicians and other professionals who, either by choice or necessity, have chosen to strike out in their own micro-enterprises.
Ninety percent of women-owned businesses have no employees other than the business owner, compared to 82% of all firms. Only 2% of women ownedfirms have 10 or more employees—trailing the 4% rate for all businesses. This discrepancy suggests that we can and must do more to support women in their efforts to build businesses, create jobs, and grow our economy.
Exactly why does this data translate into “we can and must do more to support women”?
Female entrepreneurs want and need the same things their male counterparts want and need: freedom from oppressive and costly regulations that smother their ability to grow a business, a fair and reasonable tax code that rewards their productivity and innovation, and a well designed and maintained system of roads, highways, and bridges that allows for goods and services to efficiently make their way to wholesale and retail markets.
Enough with the patronizing calls for “support” just because women are women. It’s 2014, not 1962.