Alicia Robb of the Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship wrote a recent post for the Forbes blog entitled "Women: It's Time to Own Your Potential." This title represents the juxtaposition of challenge and promise that women entrepreneurs embody.
Robb's post reminded me of Anne-Marie Slaughter's controversial article published this month in the Atlantic Monthly, called "Why Women Still can't Have It All." Slaughter's article deals more with the stories of women in positions of political authority, rather than exclusively women entrepreneurs, but there are many connections between the struggles and realities of women in these overlapping categories. There are unique challenges for women working to succeed in business, political, and academic positions that men in similar positions do not face. Slaughter's article calls out cultural concepts of time, family values, and the arc of a successful career, among others, as some of these unique challenges. Robb points to a lack of female presence in investor networks and on boards of directors as others.