As we enter the halfway-mark of 2018, ‘the year of the woman’, we reflect on the advances women have made in the business world. 100 years since the women were given the vote, female entrepreneurs are taking the reins and steering international businesses in new and interesting ways. While the business world has traditionally been male-dominated (and still is, when you consider that male entrepreneurs lead the way in terms of revenue, number of businesses and employees), recent research has indicated that women might in fact be better at business. This is not to say that women are superior in every case. Instead, by admitting that there are biological differences between men and women, specifically within the brain, many have argued that there are some intrinsic traits that allow women to approach business, and general tasks, differently to men.
You might have heard the ‘men can’t multitask’ slogan before, but scientifically speaking - it’s kind of true. The male brain uses much more of what is called gray matter, which are specific information-action processing areas of the brain, meaning that they tend to have more of a tunnel vision when it comes to task completion, often ignoring other things in the pursuit of their goal. Women, on the other hand, use more white matter, which is a connecting grid for the grey matter to different parts of the brain. This means that women are able to move between tasks much more easily than men.
Using Dell’s index, you can see which countries are nurturing their female entrepreneurs the most. While the top few might not come as much of a surprise, there are some entrants that might not be what you’d expect.