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Fewer Women Becoming Small Business Owners

Fewer women are starting new businesses, opening just 36.8 percent of new businesses in 2014, while men started 63 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.

That share by women fell to its second lowest level in almost 20 years — down from an average of 40.7 percent over the last 19 years and near the low point of 36.7 percent in 2007.

While both sexes tend to have similar credit profiles as business owners, women business owners run into more problems getting access to capital, according to a 2014 Diana Project study by Babson College, a private business school in Wellesley, Mass.