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Response to: Why aren't fathers called dadpreneurs? I think you raise some really interesting points - why do women in business need to be labelled? By the same token, I think the whole 'mumpreneur' phenomenon is something of a double-edged sword... on the one hand it gives encouragement to certain women, who for whatever reason may not have had as much success in the working environment until they became mothers and had that eureka moment to start a baby-related or some sort of work-from-home business. The empowerment such women may feel from being referred to as a ‘mumpreneur’ should not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Mera Baby blog
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Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Mera Baby blog
I think you raise some really interesting points - why do women in business need to be labelled? By the same token, I think the whole 'mumpreneur' phenomenon is something of a double-edged sword... on the one hand it gives encouragement to certain women, who for whatever reason may not have had as much success in the working environment until they became mothers and had that eureka moment to start a baby-related or some sort of work-from-home business. The empowerment such women may feel from being referred to as a ‘mumpreneur’ should not be underestimated or overlooked. If it instils women with the confidence to go it alone, then great! On the other and for many other women I can see how the term can be perceived as a bit condescending; especially if you had a successful career prior to becoming a mother. You may have launched your own business in response to not being able to continue your chosen career on the flexible basis which your new family commitments now require. Or you may have had enough of working for someone else and the decision to go solo simply coincides with your entry into motherhood. It doesn't mean you don't already have established business credentials. Either way, I don’t necessarily think it’s anything for women to be offended by. I think we should be actively encouraging women to succeed in the business world. Given recent press coverage of the ‘mancession’ we seem to be in, with men being worst affected by recession-induced job losses, I don’t think we need too much more encouragement. Women in business are on the rise and we’re definitely here to stay!
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Nov 28, 2009