Referring to CNA's article, "Singapore is fifth-best city for female entrepreneurs" and according to findings by Dell, Singapore is ranked no. 5, behind New York, Bay Area, London and Stockholm. Being the only Asian city in the top 5 to foster growth of women-owned firms, we should be so grateful that we are at the right place where women are presented with opportunities and options to be entrepreneurial, just like their male counterparts. Setting up a firm, selling products, forming a team, etc is constant for a male or female here. We are never too sure about the systems in other Asian countries but one factor may differ: Social stigma of being a female entrepreneur.
In Singapore, equality and meritocracy are spread across the board with no divides between races, religions or gender, so it's natural for people to think that education and entrepreneurship alike are for everyone. This may not be the case in other regions where women are granted fewer opportunities to get through education, and even so, women may have limited job positions where men dominate the top of the corporate ladder, or women are encouraged to be homemakers, leaving business matters to men instead. Women could be stigmatised and perceived as being not family-oriented if they dabble in business.
How fortunate are we to be at the right place, doing what we feel passionate about, to contribute to the economic growth of our nation, as entrepreneurs.
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