A WAVE OF risk-taking female entrepreneurs in the Middle East are pitching and launching startups, contrary to popular stereotypes of Arab women, according to the Wall Street Journal. At a recent startup conference hosted by Oasis 500 in Jordan, 40% of the pitches were by women. In Saudi Arabia, women are "an untapped ocean of talent," Glowork.net executive Adbullah Alghadouni told the Journal. Also this week, the MENA Business Women's Network Forum will bring together female entrepreneurs in Dubai. "It would be ironic," Journal reporter Ben Rooney writes, "if a region that is castigated for its attitudes toward women actually turned out to be more welcoming of female entrepreneurs than those doing the castigating."
- WSJ.com, "Arab Women Blaze Trails in Start-Ups" by Ben Rooney.
- CNN Opinion, "Where are all the women entrepreneurs?" by Donna Kelley.
- Babson College, "Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2010 Women's Report" by Donna J. Kelley, Candida G. Brush, Patricia G. Greene and Yana Litovsky.
- International Center for Research on Women, "Catalyzing Growth in the Women-Run Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (SMEs): Evaluating the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative."
- Kauffman Foundation, "The Decade of the Woman Entrepreneur," Shaherose Charania and Sharon Vosmek interviewed by Lesa Mitchell.
- World Economic Forum, "The Global Gender Gap Report 2011" by Ricardo Hausmann, Laura D. Tyson, and Saadia Zahidi.
- AllThingsDigital, "Notes from ArabNet" by Chris Schroeder.
- HuffingtonPost, "In Beirut, Tech Entrepreneurs and Investors Mingle at ArabNet Digital Summit" by Rahilla Zafar.