The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has sung the praises of women in business and their contribution to the Australian economy on this International Women’s Day.
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognise the significant contribution women make to the small business sector,” Carnell said.
“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 34 per cent of Australian businesses are now run by women – that’s 691,000 businesses.”
In the past 20 years, female-run businesses have been on the rise in Australia with women starting almost double the number of businesses of their male counterparts.
Carnell suggested many women were lured to start their own business by the possibility of flexible work hours and the opportunity to pursue a passion.
“As a former small business owner, I understand what it’s like to work the long hours while looking after young children and running a household. So, my admiration of these women is genuine.
“In my role as Ombudsman, I talk to many women running successful businesses, and they all have great stories to tell.”