Archive for July, 2011

Irish Have That Entrepreneurial Spirit

ACCORDING to a report published by Enterprise Ireland, Ireland has one of the highest levels of entrepreneurial activity — men and women alike — in Europe.

Delving into more detail, the report suggests that because the Irish economic recovery continues to run at two speeds – a strong exporting market versus a weak domestic one – potential and new business owners expect to have customers outside of Ireland.

So the Irish are not only known as high-spirited people but also carry forth a high degree of entrepreneurial activity!

Learn more here.  And while you are at it, take a look at a few of Ireland’s top women entrepreneurs.

Photo credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Who Is the Bravest Woman in America?

It’s not who you might think.  It’s Ida Lewis (1842-1911).  And a book about her bravery has received glowing reviews.

Based on the true story of Ida Lewis, who was dubbed “the Bravest Woman in America” and who was recognized with the Congressional Life Saving Medal and the American Cross of Honor, this inspiring and unforgettable tale of courage and real-life heroism is a tribute to brave women everywhere.

Ida Lewis

The Bravest Woman in America

by Marissa Moss with illustrations by Andrea U’Ren

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Give Women Equal Opportunity in India

It’s that pure and simple.  Let’s get it done.

“India’s growth rate can make a quantum jump of 4.2 per cent if women in the country get equal opportunity in the core sectors of the economy,” Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women — the newly created body tasked with ensuring welfare of women — said here.

According to a report, Progress of the World’s Women, it says:

Quoting a survey this year by industry chamber ASSOCHAM: 70 per cent of women in India are not aware of their rights as laid out in the Constitution.

It said close to 63 per cent of women in India, between the ages of 15 and 49, lack autonomy in their house which “defined as having no say in any of the vital everyday decisions like own health care, large household purchases, purchases for daily needs and visits to family or relatives.”

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Irish Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship Encourage More Women to Start a Business

Minister for Small Business John Perry TD encourages more women to start their own business.  Irish Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship (Facebook page) have been appointed by the European Commission to promote and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and set up businesses.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report for Ireland 2010 noted that fewer women than men are active as entrepreneurs.  Perry said:

“It is therefore vitally important that we provide the right environment to foster the development of this untapped female entrepreneurial talent across all sectors of Irish business.”

Learn more here.

Photo credit:  Irish Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship – inauguration event in Stockholm featuring the Ambassadors.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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