If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from 5 years of marriage, it’s that women are superior to men at everything.
From my own non-scientific observations and informal surveys of women I know, it appears that women tend to have better attention to detail, better memories, better sensory perception, and better interpersonal skills. They’re better at dealing with minor frustrations and staying calm under pressure. They’re more resilient, socially graceful and emotionally intelligent.
I don’t want to stereotype, but it seems like whenever you hear a story about someone who raises five kids as a single parent while working two jobs and putting herself through college, it’s always a woman.
According to a much-discussed article last year in the Atlantic (“The End of Men”), women are making huge, historic inroads in the workforce and higher education as well. Some of the noteworthy facts from that article include:
- For the first time in history, women make up more than 50% of the U.S. labor force.
- In 2010, 3 women earned Bachelor’s degrees for every 2 men who did the same.
- Of the 15 job categories expected to grow the fastest in the next 10 years, 13 are jobs that are predominantly held by women.
- A study of 1,500 U.S. companies showed that companies with the most female executives tend to perform better.
- Women now earn 60% of Master’s degrees, 50% of law and medical degrees, and 42% of M.B.As.
The same traits that are making women more successful in education and the workforce can also make them ideal entrepreneurs. It’s no secret that women are a growing category of entrepreneurs. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, businesses owned by women employ 23 million people and create $3 trillion in annual economic activity. These numbers are likely to grow as women continue to strengthen their position in the business world.
Why are women so well-suited to being entrepreneurs?
- They’re good at building relationships. Emotional intelligence – being able to read and respond effectively to the moods and subtle signals of others – is a key part of building business relationships. Women tend to be better at this than men. Women are also great at networking and staying in contact with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Women tend to be more sociable than men in this way – for every silent, stoic man, there’s an energetic woman who knows how to negotiate social situations with aplomb.
- They embrace technology. Women, especially young women, are “power users” of social media, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life project. Many women who own small businesses use social media like Twitter and Facebook to promote their companies and find new customers.
- They keep things in perspective. Being a small business owner requires resilience, mental toughness, and being able to manage your emotions. Whether it’s the fact that they’ve endured generations of discrimination, or whether it’s the toughness that comes from being able to go through childbirth, or whether it’s some other innate characteristic that goes with being female, it seems that women are especially good at staying on an even keel. This is a highly valuable trait if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur. There will be highs and lows in running a business, but if you can keep your head on straight, and keep moving forward, you’re more likely to make it.
Of course, not all of these characteristics and qualities are uniquely female. There are plenty of men who are emotionally intelligent, good at building relationships, and who are finishing their Master’s degrees. But it seems that in many ways, women are better suited to success in our post-industrial society – as students, employees and entrepreneurs.
I, for one, am pleased to welcome our new female overlords. Please be nice to me. I’m one of the good guys.