Lady Business. Why aren't we hearing about it?

5/13/2015 06:29:00 pm

I should note that this post isn't very publishing related. Publishing is a very female industry.

As I start the preliminary steps for my major project (!!) I've been listening to a lot of podcasts and reading a lot of information about online start up businesses, self-publishing, and entrepreneurs. I've gotten a ton of great advice about how to approach my project from a business standpoint. How to make it a viable business and how to draw users to my site. These are important things to me. Granted, the success of my project in an academic sense doesn't mean I have to make the site successful but I'd like it to be (and my adviser has also told me I should be pursuing success with it as well.)

However, one of the things I've noticed in my research is the startling lack of women talking about starting a business, running a business, or just general entrepreneurial things. I'm in love with Joanna Penn's self-publishing podcast The Creative Penn but when it comes to finding a show about business, the ladies are mysteriously absent. It got to the point that I spent some time digging through my podcast app just trying to find any show in the business section hosted by a woman. I went on the websites of the podcasts I like. All of their endorsements are men. All of them are men.

Seriously, where are all the ladies?

In my frustration last week, I posted a tweet:

All of the people who liked this tweet are men. I got no replies with suggestions. Helpful.

So this morning, I was listening to season 2 of the StartUp Podcast which I've been following and was just floored by what they were talking about. If you haven't been following the StartUp Podcast, season 2 is following a group of women who are starting up a dating website. I was really excited to see these women getting featured on the show and love listening to them discuss their highs and lows as they pursue their startup. This morning, I listened to episode 3 of this season and the women were discussing fundraising after coming from Y Combinator in Silicon Valley and the sexism they faced from potential investors. It was really shocking (and yet not so shocking the more I thought about it) to hear how they were treated and how each woman reacted.

This whole episode just made me want to write this blog post because it's been something I've been thinking about for a few weeks now: Where the ladies at?

The episode ended on a more positive note when the Dating Ring team attended an event for successful women entrepreneurs. However, the show host mentioned earlier in the episode just how rare those women are. Their success is fantastic but for every woman standing on the stage at that event, how many other men could be there?

I know I probably shouldn't turn this into a gender thing but I find it very frustrating as I do my research that the only podcasts I have to listen to are men (who all tend to sound a little but like McLovin.) I'm not sure if this is a rant or a last ditch effort to find a lady business podcast. Either way, I'm open to suggestions and opinions.

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