More Women Opening Businesses
They're doing it by becoming their own boss. Missouri's women-owned businesses have grown by nearly 50 percent the past nine years.
Elly Swetz didn't have to jump too many hurdles as a new business owner.
"It actually came pretty naturally," Swetz said.
But, it's not uncommon for women to need help starting a business.
"The biggest problem is the financing part of it, they have trouble financing. I worked with a lady not long ago that started a business. She went to the bank that she'd banked with for years and the bank wouldn't loan her the money," Mary Cottom, Executive Director of Missouri Women's Council, said.
The Missouri Women's Council helps women interested in starting their own businesses.
Missouri now ranks 18th in the nation for the number of women owned businesses, but equality still lags behind.
For example, a man and a women start work on the same day, January 1, 2006. They work throughout the year, and the man stops work in December. The woman, however, must work throughout the next year until April 24 to make the same amount of money that the man made in just 12 months.
While women have some catching up to do with equal pay, they're opening more business in Missouri.
"I think women are being more self motivated and taking chances and taking risks in their life which i think is wonderful," Swetz said.