5 powerfully inspiring female entrepreneurs – Birds on the Blog

5 powerfully inspiring female entrepreneurs

Although women entrepreneurs represent only around one-third of all entrepreneurs worldwide, the following short list clearly shows that women with entrepreneurial spirit can make it as far as they want, sometimes to the point where there is simply no competition left and they become a monopoly of sorts. Perhaps it’s being underestimated that gave them competitive edge and now their net worth is measured in billions of dollars. Yes, no less than that.

Need some extra inspiration to help you stay motivated throughout your entrepreneurial journey? The female entrepreneurs below reinforce the idea that, indeed, the sky’s the limit.

Sara Blakely
Sara once said she wanted to provide people with something they didn’t know they needed and that could dramatically improve their lives. And so she founded Spanx, an intimate apparel company which sells her patented invention – footless shapewear for women.

Her beginnings as a salesperson, however, weren’t very satisfying. Before coming up with her clever idea and founding Spanx, she had been selling fax machines door-to-door for 7 years and getting escorted out of buildings was a daily occurrence.

One day, she cut the feet out of a pair of pantyhose so she could wear her white pants – that was her aha! moment. And it wasn’t long before she decided to phone hosiery mills in North Carolina to help her develop her patent. Every time she was supposed to drive and meet with manufacturers in person, she would put her “lucky red backpack” on and believed in the best possible outcome. At the age of 29, Sara invested her entire life savings – $5000 – into her venture and started to sell her products out of her Atlanta apartment at first. The rest is history.

Chan Laiwa
The now 77-year-old lady founded Fuwah International Group in the early 1990s, one of the largest real estate developers headquartered in Beijing. Chan is a true self-made woman because she had to start completely from scratch, despite being a descendant of a noble Manchu family. At the time of her birth, the Qing dynasty (founded by Manchus) had collapsed and her family became poor as a result. However, it was extreme poverty that acted as fuel for her future success and forced her to leave high school and start her own furniture repair business.

She is also the founder and curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, where she resides with her family.

Indra Nooyi
Indra is the woman behind your favourite Mountain Dew drink or Doritos tortilla chips. She’s the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, a multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, and the first woman and first person born outside of the US to hold that position. Looks like her routine of waking up at 4 am every day has paid off immensely.

Even though soda consumption has been declining in the U.S. for more than a decade, she has been doing her best to keep the business afloat. For instance, Indra aims to cut sugar, salt and fat substantially from many PepsiCo products by 2025. The company also began selling Simply Organic Doritos, to keep up with consumer trends towards healthier choices.

Zhou Qunfei
When it comes to the art of entrepreneurship, you can really strike gold if you can meet one of the most fundamental needs. Like touchscreens, for example.

That’s why Zhou Qunfei, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, founded and chairs Lens Technology, a smartphone screen supplier whose customers include Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Nokia. And you‘d better hold on to your hats now: She’s officially the richest self-made female billionaire in the world, despite the fact that she started off by working as a migrant factory worker when she was a teenager. Talk about real rags-to-riches story!

Gina Rinehart
What has she accomplished and what makes her the richest person in Australia at present? She’s quite good at mining.

To be more precise, Gina took over Hancock Prospecting, her late father’s bankrupt iron ore mining business and rebuilt it into something much more successful. Apart from that, the 64-year-old executive chairman is also the third-largest cattle dealer in Australia. She exports cattle all over the world and according to recent news she plans on exporting almost 800,000 cattle to China through Broome, Darwin and Townsville, thus doubling Australia’s total livestock exports.

Lizzie Exton writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.

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