More than 1,000 women business owners have shared their stories with us — and showed the world the richness of female entrepreneurship. What’s your story?
The Story Exchange has been collecting the stories of women entrepreneurs since in 2012, when it launched the “1,000 Stories” project in partnership with Babson College in an effort to better understand the needs of women entrepreneurs and give them more media exposure. We issued a global call to women with businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits to share their experiences with us through a questionnaire, and have those experiences published.
Women from 50 countries and industries crisscrossing the global economy responded, and in November 2015 we reached our goal of collecting 1,000 stories. They told us why they started companies or organizations — and what they hoped to achieve. Each woman’s submission was published on our site in a profile page. Over the three-year period, we tapped these submissions regularly for women to interview for articles and to profile in videos.
In November, we analyzed the entries as a group and published a package of articles detailing our findings. The result is a uniquely deep look at why women start companies, how they view success, their top challenges and their most inspiring role models. We also published an online interactive map to help readers explore the stories.
The results of our 1,000 Stories journey were so rich — and the women’s voices and contributions so powerful and important — that we decided to extend the project out into the future. In January 2016, we relaunched the project as 1,000+ Stories with an improved questionnaire and reissued our call to women to tell us their stories — so we can tell them to the world.
What you can do
We invite you to submit your story today and share this call for stories with family, friends, colleagues and your extended social networks.
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Posted: January 28, 2016