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Student Debt, a Burden for Female Entrepreneurs

Women are saddled with two-thirds of America’s $1.3 trillion in student debt — and given the persistent gender pay gap, they often have less ability to pay. The burden weighs heavily on their startup stories. What can be done?

Candice Helfand-RogersStudent Debt, a Burden for Female Entrepreneurs
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The Independent Life – Penelope Shihab

This Jordanian serial entrepreneur, who owns a biotech firm, a skincare company and a marketing agency, says business success has allowed her to lead by example.

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We Want to Hear All About Your ‘Independent Life!’

Become a part of The Story Exchange’s ongoing feature telling real stories of financial freedom, personal autonomy and elevated confidence from women who’ve started successful businesses.

The Story ExchangeWe Want to Hear All About Your ‘Independent Life!’
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The Independent Life – Vivien Francis

The founder of PiLLoveTalk, which sells home goods featuring inspirational messages, says starting up her online store has given her a new way of expressing herself.

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The Independent Life – Manali Shenoy

The founder of Indian Concepts, a Goa-based women’s workwear company, says being a business owner has made the work week far more interesting.

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Presenting: Our Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide!

We’re spotlighting 10 inventive, women-made, women-sold gifts that are sure to delight clients, employees and loved ones — and inspire us all to live greener, cleaner lives.

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The Independent Life – Flora Pringle

Pringle moved to the U.S. from England, then launched healthy sweets purveyor Cracked Candy. Growing it has given her satisfaction in knowing she’s a job creator and contributor to the American project.

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5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Making Moves

The female fundraisers featured in this week’s crowdfunding column are building ventures that help customers travel, exercise and move their mental muscles.

Candice Helfand-Rogers5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Making Moves
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The Independent Life – Judy Mazzuca

The woman behind Ink Forest, an eco-conscious screen-printing shop, became an entrepreneur after her kids were grown. The business has opened her life to new people and exciting experiences.

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5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Stretch Goals

What happens when a crowdfunding campaign succeeds before it concludes? These five female fundraisers are showing their contemporaries how to take advantage of an enviable situation.

Candice Helfand-Rogers5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Stretch Goals