All throughout history women have been underrepresented. Whether in politics, the media, or society in general, women have always been marginalized. In order to challenge the stereotypical perception of women’s actions that society has fostered, this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) specifically and proudly focused on women entrepreneurs!
Over the span of 1 week, High School students were educated about entrepreneurship and the importance of it in contemporary society. Every day during Home Room sessions, a video focusing on a sub-subject under the overarching issue of entrepreneurship, and gender disparities in the business sector was shown. Entrepreneurship is an important skill to cultivate at a young age since it can aid in the development of inventive mindsets and teach youths about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, and the economic system it requires to succeed.
The videos exhibited a number of female entrepreneurs who have thrived in modern society, but it still saddens me to see that the term “entrepreneur” is still used to refer to men, reinforcing male dominance and supremacy. This is not to imply that men should be overlooked, in fact men have come up with spectacular inventions and have helped our planet in numerous ways, but gender inequality has always been a stumbling block for women who want to speak up and be financially independent.
To even out this inequality, the school fortunately organized a webinar session on the 10th of November 2021, with the respected Ms. Pinky from 88 Cloud Kitchen, Ms. Della from Moein Bakery and Ms Ria from Sekolah Ciputra in which we, as the audience, got to indulge in the struggles and benefits of owning a business and what we can do to overcome the obstacles we may potentially face. After all, as Arianna Muffington (the founder and CEO of Thrive Global) once said, “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success”
Wenny Wibisono 11DP