I haven't read #GirlBoss yet, but I've heard lots of good things about it. I know that Sophia Amoruso's the founder of the clothing brand/online store, Nasty Gal. From the book review by Ashley Stahl, it seems like Amoruso's book is very relatable. Stahl wrote, "She speaks to the struggle of developing our dreams and our work ethic, which we can all relate to, whether we’re chipping away at a Ph.D. or building a brand. What Amoruso also does so flawlessly is leave the reader with the realization that our work can and should be rewarding at all stages, regardless of the dollars in our bank accounts or the external success of our ventures." I feel like Stahl is saying that this book is almost like a guide for women entering the workforce. It teaches them how to advocate for themselves, find a work-life balance, etc.
Rosalind McLymont looks into the the increase of women-owned businesses within the United States. She wrote, "Women in the United States are creating businesses at twice the rate of men, and research shows they're upbeat about prospects for their companies even though they see the economy remaining in the doldrums for several months." Her findings also show how business women have boosted the economy by creating more jobs.
This article from the Inquirer by Julia Terruso talks about the multiple woman-owned businesses in South Philadelphia. Terruso includes interviews from the various business women and they give off a real sense of community. A majority of the women are in the retail or restaurant industry. Terruso wrote, "The effect is a sisterhood of sorts, where women can swap recommendations for plumbers, power washers and OB/GYNs. They’ll watch one another’s storefronts so someone can move a car or pick up a kid from school." The article also mentioned that the number of female-owned businesses have risen in the last decade.
I currently work at Mac Mart which is owned and operated by a woman. Marti Lieberman graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a degree in business. She worked in fashion for a short period of time before realizing it wasn't for her. She wanted to be her own boss and that's why she started Mac Mart. Her business was a food truck for five years that went around the city of Philadelphia. Now, it's a brick and mortar, fast-casual restaurant in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. I interviewed Lieberman about how she came up with her business plan and the triumphs and struggles she's faced as female business owner. I'll be incorporating our interview in my paper as evidence/support.