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When it comes to small business confidence, female business owners rule, according to a recent survey by The Hartford. The survey showed that among small business owners, 91% of women feel confident in the success of their business, while only 80% of men would say the same of their own businesses.

The survey also showed that women entrepreneurs might be a bit more averse to taking risks than their male counterparts. Fifty-five percent of female small business owners rated themselves as conservative, versus 47 percent of males. When asked if their company would have been more successful if more risks were taken, 80% of female small business owners said “no.” That’s significantly higher than the male business owners, of which only 67% said “no.”

Female business owners are also less optimistic than men about the economy: 53% had an optimistic outlook, compared to 64% of men. 
So gender does have an effect on the way startups are run, but also on how they are founded.

Another study shows that your birth order does influence the likelihood you will be a founderIf you’re a first-born, you are more likely to be a founder — 55 percent more likely than the population distribution. And if you’re female, this effect is huge. Female first-borns are 118 percent more likely than second-born females to be founders if they come from a two-child family.

Interestingly, the data also shows that startups run in the family. Female entrepreneurs are 1.4 times more likely to have a mom who was also a founder.

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Gender differences are more prevalent than you think. Another survey by theFIt.com has shown that women tend to work longer hours and are more honest employees. 54% of women report working nine or more hours a day, compared to 41% of men. And Oone in five men report lying when it came to their most recent sick day, while only one in seven women say they were taking a "mental health" day, interviewing for another job... or just playing hooky.

And women feel happier than men about their pay level and compensation package. Twenty-six percent of men said "their friends would feel bad for them if they knew how much they made," compared to only 17% of women—even though only 47% of women reported receiving a bonus last year, compared to 55% of men. Check out the complete infographic here

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Sheryl Sandberg was scared about publicly saying that she leaves the office at 5:30 everyday to have dinner with her kids. She had her first child in 2005, but she said  it was only in the last year that she was able to talk about her exit time publicly. She had been too scared of the judgement. “I was getting up earlier to make sure they saw my emails at 5:30, staying up later to make sure they saw my emails late. But now I’m much more confident in where I am and so I’m able to say, “Hey! I am leaving work at 5:30.” And I say it very publicly, both internally and externally,” said Sheryl in a new video.

Of course, Sheryl is not alone in her struggle. Americans are giving up 226 million unused vacation days this year and more people are speaking out, not against work, but against the appearance of working hard. You have to evaluate how does staying late at work impact your personal life and be honest at work. Make it clear to your boss that you want to work smarter, not longer!

Makers.com is a joint initiative by PBS and AOL highlighting stories from well-known women. There are lots in interesting interviews, so check it out.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a comment this week that a woman will serve as chief executive officer at one of the five biggest U.S. banks before the nation gets its first female president. While no woman is still in the running for president this year, “there are women at mid-level banks already,” Gillibrand said in an interview.

Gillibrand spoke at a mentoring event at Radio City Music Hall in New York designed to develop and promote leadership by women in business and politics. Gillibrand joined executives from Citigroup, Delta Air Lines Inc. and IBM who participated in the mentoring program, which matched senior employees from Wall Street and other industries as mentors for junior women workers.

Women account for 18 percent of executive officers in the finance and insurance industries, according to a 2011 Catalyst Inc. census  that analyzed data on females in upper management at Fortune 500 companies. By contrast, they hold 17 percent of the seats in Congress -- including 17 of the 100 Senate seats -- and six of the 50 governorships, according to data  compiled by Off the Sidelines

The Grindstone quotes  Jeanne Branthover, a managing director and head of the global financial services practice at New York-based Boyden Global Executive Search Ltd: “It’s a longshot because there are not very many senior women left in investment banking. How long will it take to hire them, fit them into your culture, see them succeed and promote them?”

But most boards are thinking about diversity and insiders report that there is definitely a momentum to get the ball rolling. Hopefully, that will translate in senior women appointments soon, both on Wall Street and in politics. 

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The Financial Times’ columnist Lucy Kellaway ran an interesting piece this week. She reflected on the fact that “My successful female friends have started to scare me. So what is it about successful women that makes them so frightening?”.

She argues that the scariness could be of Darwinian origin. It is harder for women to advance, so those who make it have to be more impressive and more fierce. Second, it could be women act scary to drown out the voice of their inner imposter. Or third, women may be inherently frightening as they are harder to read. 

Or it could also come down to a perception problem. We expect women to be motherly, comforting and warm. It sounds alarm bells when they don’t show any of these qualities…

Forbes reminds us: studies show that assertive women are more likely to be perceived as aggressive ; that women usually don’t ask for what they deserve but when they do, they risk being branded as domineering or, worse even, “ambitious.” Also read Forbes’ article on the 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women. The most common answers include: powerful women are cold, masculine, single and lonely, they are conniving and can be too emotional.

In the end, the real question isn’t who the scariest woman is or why she scares us; it’s how as a society do we plan to face these fears and put them behind us?

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Your future employer is watching you! “Employers are researching each of us digitally 24/7/365. Our resumes are perpetually available online in various forms, some of which we control and some of which we don't. Those of us who exert the necessary effort to maximize our digital reputations will be rewarded: opportunities will find us. Those of us who don't will miss out.” says The Harvard Business Review.  

Various studies have shown that 75% of employers actively research candidates online and 70% have decided not to hire someone based on what they found. And it goes much deeper than just googling a candidate, employers will look through social media profiles, shopping profiles, online gaming sites, classifieds and auction sites.

What can you do to manage your online reputation? First, make sure your online persona matches your offline persona.

Then, curate your search results: proactively shape the first results for your name. For example, you could build a simple website for yourself with the URL firstnamelastname.com (or similar), so that your site shows up high in search engines for queries of your name.

Then use the internet to establish your credibility on the topics that matter most to the job search you are actively (or passively!) pursuing. 
Mistakes to avoid: Don't rely on privacy settings in social media to "segregate" facts about your life and don't make the mistake of assuming that because you live a righteous life offline, you will appear righteous online.

Lifehacker also has some very good points to make about the pros and cons of keeping your personal and professional identities separate online. According to them, it's more important that you find the sweet spot of personal and professional distance between your social circles that's right for you.

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We all know that a long commute is tiring and stressful, but we didn’t think it was that bad. From neck and back pains, to cholesterol levels to obesity, do you know how your daily commute really affects your health? Shortening your commute by even 20 minutes can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 300%! And a new study  found that commuting is far more stressful for women than men. Whether you get to work by driving or hopping on the subway, it’s women who are affected the most emotionally while going back and forth to work. See this infographic from College@Home to evaluate your commute’s toll on your health. 

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