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8 Online Resources for Women Supporting Women

Discover the power of joining the growing community of female entrepreneurs

Women have a long history of forming collective organizations intended to improve society—from waging political campaigns to founding the PTA. Women are social creatures who have always prioritized collaborating with and supporting one another while leveraging that power to build stronger communities.

Of course, the camaraderie women have always depended upon has adapted over the decades. In the 1960s, for example, women bonded over their newfound independence gained during the Second World War with entrepreneurial endeavors like selling Tupperware or Avon. We met regularly, supporting one other’s businesses and helping each other climb up that proverbial ladder.

Women supporting women: The cyber movement

Today, we still have that same philosophy, but our culture’s hectic pace and 24-7 mentality makes it difficult to carve out quality time for the traditional in-person gatherings of yesteryear. So we’ve developed a work-around: online communities.

This evolution has allowed women to find like-minded soul sisters around the world—in every niche imaginable—to brainstorm with, commiserate with, build businesses with and bond with. We now have access to women outside of our neighborhoods, and are being exposed to a global society full of possibilities.

Women need these supportive relationships to thrive, because being an entrepreneur is a tough road requiring endless determination, motivation, and collaboration. The rewards of owning a successful company are second-to-none—but it’s so much harder if you try to do it all by yourself.

A study by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame showed that 75% of female leaders maintain an inner circle composed primarily of women. This is especially beneficial in a male-dominated setting, as women can provide gender-relevant information about job cultures and offer social support to one another. Don’t you think your career would benefit from having a powerful, female-centric inner circle too?

Get involved in women’s leadership

I’m guessing you have a list of things you want to achieve in your business and personal life, and thankfully, there are numerous resources and communities available to help you. I’ve compiled a list of the top four online resources for female entrepreneurs that are bound to lead you on your path toward financial freedom :

Chic CEO

Does the idea of entrepreneurship entice you, but you have no idea where to begin? Start with Chic CEO, a resource for women who either don’t know how to implement their ideas or are too afraid to take the plunge. The site offers business knowledge that’s easy to understand and implement, and you’ll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences simply because someone else did the same for them. From how to find your big idea and how to get a patent to how write a business plan and how to find funding, this site is a wealth of information.

Girls Who Code

In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. Tech jobs are among the fastest-growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. This online, non-accredited school was founded with the goal of closing the gender gap in the technology field and is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the country.

If you have a daughter in middle or high school, can you think of a better path to introduce her to? She’ll be able to run her own empire someday. The website offers summer programs, lessons, clubs, and networking opportunities. Of course, it’s never too early to start learning how to code if you are enthralled by technology and looking for a new career path.

The BOSS Network

BOSS™ stands for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and it’s an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking. The BOSS Network aims to provide growth through professional development, resources, marketing and promotional opportunities to its members. The organization is becoming a resource for companies seeking female influencers as their target market and was recently named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Founded in 1975 by a group of like-minded businesswomen, NAWBO serves as the voice of women business owners and advocates on behalf of their entrepreneurial interests. The NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development is the educational arm of the organization, an online resource that enables women business owners to grow their business to the next level. Access to the Member Directory alone is invaluable resource the local chapters across the country allow you to have a more personal connection to the women in your community.

Ladies America

There’s something powerful about joining a national network of professional women whose motto is “Women Helping Women.” Can I get an amen?

It began in Washington, D.C., in 206 as a dinner club and now there are local chapters in a few major cities. Membership doesn’t have any limitations, so you’ll find women from all walks of life and all stages of their careers here. If you’re new to the workforce or seeking professional advancement, this may be a great place to start.

Women Who Tech

We know the future is all about technology and somehow women got a late start in this field. But we’re coming back with a vengeance! This nonprofit started in 2008 as a way to bring together talented women breaking new ground in the tech space.

Inspired by the rise of women in tech roles and advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), they’ve started a Women Startup Challenge as platform for women to showcase their startups and get the support they need. So if you’re one of the women gaining traction in AR and VR and you’re all about losing the Crypto-fraternity mentality, these may be your people.

Million Women Mentors

By now, you probably know why I use mentors and coaches . So, if you’re looking for a mentor of your own or you’d like to offer up your expertise and serve as a mentor to other women, check out Million Women Mentors. This group has celebrated over 1 million mentor relationships with a special emphasis on keeping women in STEM fields.

This online community is geared toward entrepreneurial women who juggle the task of managing a home and a business. The founder launched shortly after the birth of her first child, realizing there was a strong need for support, information and networking among parents who were working at home. Her site allows parents to share ideas, network and support one another and provides the tools necessary to start a home business.

Women Supporting Women

There are dozens of other groups out there, covering every niche under the sun. So if one of these doesn’t align with your interests or situation, an online search is sure to reveal the right group for you. You may find a local Meetup group to be just what you’re looking for, or you may even want to start your own to attract your hive of likeminded women. When women support each other, incredible things happen — and you owe it to yourself, and your sisterhood, to become a part of this phenomenon.

Original publish date: October 26, 2017