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March 16, 2022

March is Women’s History Month, so we’re examining the gender pay gap and discrimination in the workplace. Plus, we’ll look at funding opportunities for women business owners.

America's Gender Pay Gap by State

Need to Know

March is Women’s History Month, and, in a recent report, we found that all states have at least a 10% lower median pay for women compared to men. That’s a problem. Let’s take a closer look at gender in the workplace.

Gender pay gap

Did you know that in 2022 the average man will earn $10,381 more than a woman in a similar position in the US? That was one of the big takeaways in our new report. We also found that Washington, DC, has the lowest pay gap in the US at just 8.1% and pays women the most—on average, $83,466 per year.

So what can be done? Olivia Tan, cofounder of CocoFax, told us that she recommends “using advanced HR reporting and payroll systems” to analyze the market. We suggest using payroll software and our payroll calculator to ensure equity.

Workplace discrimination

My colleague and fellow staff writer Nicolle Okoren recently wrote about gender discrimination in the workplace. She found that many women in the US are “turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative career model to avoid sexism and sexist comments within the traditional workforce.” This phenomenon is fueling a rise in female-run businesses, but not for the right reasons.

When I asked Nicolle what can be done to help, she said: “I think the first step is to believe women when they come to talk about sexism. It is real, and if you want women to stay in your company, you have to make it a safe space where you believe them and prioritize their safety.”

Progress on the horizon

One of the great things about is that I work on a team primarily made up of women. But, it’s one of only two times that’s happened in my career. And with women owning more than 13 million businesses in the US, more women should be moving into business leadership roles.

“We are capable, and it is okay to ask for more and to present ourselves as professionals,” Nicolle told me. She wishes she could tell women, “Your work and experience are valuable; speak about yourself in that way!”

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The must read

In the US, 20% of small businesses are owned by women, but it’s still incredibly difficult for women-owned businesses to find funding. That’s why we put together two resource guides to help level the playing field.

First up, we gathered the most equitable loan providers. We love Lendio, and it came in as our top overall choice, but we also wanted to call out BlueVine for cash flow loans and Fundbox for its flexible requirements. BlueVine is available through the Lendio marketplace

But maybe loans aren’t the right move for your business. In that case, we put together a list of five business grant opportunities for female entrepreneurs. With grants up to $100,00, it’s worth it to apply.

What’s new

  • Crowdfunding just for women? It’s possible with iFundWomen.
  • Do you want to set up a VoIP system for your home office? We created a guide.
  • Payroll software can help you save time and streamline

Thank you for reading. We’ll see you next week.

     - Alex and the team

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Alex Kerai
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Alex Kerai
Alex reports on emerging consumer trends. Previously he was a staff writer for, with a focus on inventory management and ecommerce. He also started and wrote the Simple Solutions newsletter that was delivered to email subscribers each week, featuring news and interviews with business leaders and academics across the world. His writing on consumer trends can also be seen on,,,, and Utilizing his experience in multimedia content creation for businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions, Alex writes for businesses today.
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