Meet Unruly Co-Founder Sarah Wood

Author: Annabel Denham
Source: The Huffington Post

With studies suggesting that women managers are often believed to be less achievement-orientated, competent and capable than their male counterparts, it’s not surprising that both scholars and women entrepreneurs alike often frame entrepreneurship as one avenue where women can avoid discrimination.

Working in the entrepreneurial community, however, I still hear regular complaints of gender bias: women who are dismissed as “lipstick entrepreneurs”; research revealing that male entrepreneurs were 86 per cent more likely to be VC funded than females; and statistics on just how few girls, particularly those who excelled at STEM subjects in their junior school years, become entrepreneurs in adulthood. As Mishcon de Reya director Laura Chandler recently told me, speaking in reference to her firm’s Women’s Forum events: “women at the top have said they had to put in more hours and do more preparation in order to be taken as seriously as their male counterparts“.

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