“We have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”
— Beyonce Knowles Carter
Happy International Women’s Day!
In recent years women have gone to the moon, served as Supreme Court Justice, run for President, and we even now have a women as part of the coaching staff of the Washington Redskins NFL football team. Beyonce was right, we have to teach our girls they can do anything humanly possible, and indeed they can and truly they are.
It’s been a long time coming for women to take their seat at the table. This past weekend, I watched the documentary about Hilary Rodham Clinton. She’s been an activist for women’s rights since the 70s. Having grown up in a town where the only working women she saw were teachers and librarians, it’s amazing, encouraging and fascinating to me to see how she’s moved through the ranks to become a Presidential candidate and serve as the Secretary of State. Yes! Women can be all they set out to be.
But, as we know it hasn’t always been easy. In fact, when we look at history, it hasn’t been too long since we’ve held certain rights.
If you don’t like something, change it!
I believe this is the reason there is 13 million women owned businesses today. We were kept from the Boardroom, so we created our own. As a result, today women owned businesses remain the fastest growing business segment in the US.
In its 2019 State Of Women Owned Businesses Report, American Express reports the following statistics:
Women are creating jobs and increasing and improving economics in our communities faster than other business. But it saddens me to know the average female business owner only earns an average of $142,000 annually. In fact only 4.2% of all women owned businesses earn $1 million or more in annual revenues.
While it excites me to be one of the 4.2%, I truly want to see more achieve that status. That’s the exact reason I started Anavo Transformation Solutions. My mission is to help more get across that income line.
In my quest to help more rise, I’ve witnessed and helped women beat a few barriers to growth. Here’s the thing, those barriers all exist within.
At the root of all these issues is confidence and at the root of confidence is clarity. Gaining clarity in each of these areas has given both me and my clients the power to run the world! It’s given us the power to be million dollar earners.
So today, I am teaching my girls (daughters, nieces, friends, clients) to stand strong in their truths, to unapologetically be CEO, to use money as the tool it is and to run million dollar businesses as the experts they are, before I wrap up, I want to shout out a few of the phenomenal women in my community.
You are all powerfully changing our communities, changing the world and changing the statistics of women in business.