For decades now, it’s been a game of catch-up for women in business—and they’ve gained a lot of ground. From 2019 to 2023, the number of new women-owned businesses grew at nearly double the rate of businesses owned by men. But the struggle is far from over. The statistics on women-owned businesses below highlight just how far women have come and the disparities we’ve yet to overcome.

How many women-owned businesses are there in the U.S.?

  • Women are now majority owners in at least 35 percent of U.S. employer firms.
  • In total, women own 13.8 million businesses employing 10 million workers and generating $3.9 trillion in revenue across the U.S. 
  • Women own 28.6% of employer firms with a revenue of $1 million or more.
  • Of the 2 million employer firms owned by women in the U.S., 24% are owned by minorities.
  • 3.6% of women-owned employer firms are owned by Black or African American women.
  • 13% of women-owned employer firms are owned by Asian women.
  • .8% of women-owned employer firms are owned by Native American or Alaskan native women.

What industries do women start businesses in?

Women start and run businesses in every industry.

Which states have the highest percentage of women-owned businesses?

Western states have the highest percentage share of women-owned businesses.

State Percent share of employer businesses owned by women
Washington 42%
Idaho 41%
New Mexico 40%
Arizona 39%
Montana 39%

Which states have the highest number of women-owned businesses?

High-population states have the highest number of women-owned businesses.

State Number of female-owned employer firms
California 295,633
Florida 183,040
Texas 165,028
Massachusetts 164,151
New York 131,775

Stats on the growth of women in small business.

The number of women-owned businesses has grown substantially over the past decade.

  • The number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. increased 13.86% from 2014 to 2021.
  • A 2019 report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute found that businesses owned by women and businesses owned by men had equal survivability rates based on an analysis of 138,000 companies founded within the decade prior. 

Stats on disparities in male- and female-owned small businesses.

Despite the rapid growth, women still face challenges in obtaining funding and growing their businesses.

The American business landscape has made progress for women entrepreneurs. Before federal legislation was passed in 1988, women business owners needed a male co-signer to apply for a loan. While lenders need to understand that women-owned businesses are as safe an investment as male-owned businesses, female entrepreneurs should also take the steps to apply for capital, particularly when that capital can be used to help grow the business. 

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