Where are the women-owned businesses in the global market?

This month, National Women’s History Month, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women as well as discuss issues that affect women such as pay equity. In October 2014, I enjoyed participating in an awards gala celebrating the on-going achievements of women in international trade. So, what role have women played in the international marketplace?


Here are a few fun facts to answer this question. (Note: This information is based on the most recent data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House.)

  • There are about 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
  • Women-owned businesses account for 28 percent of total U.S. businesses.
  • Twelve percent (12%) of exporting businesses are women-owned.

Another interesting fact worth mentioning: The person serving as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce is a woman–Penny Pritzker.

Organizations, agencies and resources that emphasize international trade and support women in this field:

This is not an exhaustive list. If you know of other associations, organizations, etc. that will be of benefit to women looking to take their business to the global market,  please add their name and website in the comments section.

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About Dr. Sarita D. Jackson

is the President and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade, a think-tank/consulting firm that examines trade policies and their impact on domestic businesses. Prior to heading GRIIT, Dr. Jackson was a tenured associate professor of political science in North Carolina and worked as a trade policy consultant for an Arlington-based consulting firm. She has participated in trade policy projects and conducted research on free trade negotiations in Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. Dr. Jackson has also traveled to Chile and Argentina to study their political systems and economic integration policies.
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