Yesterday was International Women’s Day. It’s a day where we celebrate Madame Curie, recognize women’s accomplishments and struggles across the globe, and pat ourselves on the back for “coming so far”. But what if we didn’t? What if we looked at the situation of women, not as a retrospective, but as a projection? How would our worlds collide if we conceptualized women were the next leaders in business? In politics? Georgia was named last year as the number one state for fastest growing women owned businesses. Unmarried women also make up the largest voting bloc in not only the state, but in the nation. According to MassMutual Financial Group, senior women age 50 and older control net worth of $19 trillion and own more than three-fourths of the nation’s financial wealth.
If women are owning more businesses, have more wealth, and hold more votes, wouldn’t it make sense to consider their interests when making our states’ economic and business plans? I ask this in response to a couple of articles and propose that Georgia, if wisely positioned, could be set to be bold in business, make leaps for women, and all while not having to acquiesce the tax revenue normally sacrificed on the altar of attracting economic development. Continue reading “International Women’s Day: A Template For Future Success?”