There is more than one gender label out there that does women a disservice, including angry feminist. But perhaps some are less obvious than that one – indeed, I’ve used the phrase “female entrepreneur” on many occasions online and in person. But not everyone agrees with its usefulness. Let’s look at both sides.
The word entrepreneur stands alone
As Susan Guillory of Forbes writes, the gender label “female entrepreneur” and “woman entrepreneur” are arbitrary. What this means is that the main topic ought to be entrepreneurship rather than the gender of the person in this role.
Susan further explains, “I don’t want special treatment because I’m a woman. I want to succceed-and have, over the 13 years I’ve owned my marketing firm-based on merit and my ability to kick a$$ at what I do.”
She also rejects the phrase “mompreneur,” using the argument that “it’s not commendable; it’s life.” She also says that “dadpreneur” is rarely used because “it just comes with the territory.” [See the next section for why I disagree with that].
Furthermore, her argument is that the differences in entrepreneurial styles are not by gender but instead by different individuals, regardless of whether they are male or female. So, while she acknowledges in the Forbes article that there are gender differences, that’s not the focus behind why some people are successful and others are not.
How the phrase ‘female entrepeneur’ has merit
Firstly, I do not agree with Susan’s reason for rejecting the gender label “mompreneur.” I actually think women deserve to get fair attention for their role as moms and as business women. I know how hard it is to be an entrepreneur because I am one and then I look at my friend with 3 kids who also runs her own business and she runs after her kids literally at the same time too.
Do we both have challenges? Yes. Does she have more on her plate than me? Yes.
I think motherhood is a huge undertaking and one of the most commendable things is to be a parent. Both moms and dads deserve so much credit for the effort and sacrifices that go into raising a child into adulthood.
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I do agree though with Susan’s point that as women we deserve to be recognized for our hard work. I’m just saying that it’s even harder to be an entrepreneur if you’re a mom, in my opinion, than if you’re not.
Also, I don’t take offense to her gender label “female entrepreneur” because I recognize that we’re still not getting the same opportunities career-wise as men – as shown by the glass cliff phenomenon.
While in an ideal world I would love for gender bias to be non-existant when making your wine tasting business or any other type of biz a success, we’re not there yet.
Furthemore, I use the label to help readers here find role models to read about who inspire them. As a woman, I want to read about other women who are rocking entrepreneurship as a way to motivate me.
By searching online using the word “female” I can find those prospective role models, with the hope that they’ll speak up about challenges that I go through and I can learn from them how best to deal with them. So being able to attach a “female” to the phrase is helpful for me looking to others for inspiration, and I think that my using it here at this website helps others in their quest for connection too.
Tell me what you think
What are your thoughts? Should the gender label “female entrepreneur” be tossed out? Is it useful?