Washington D.C. was recently named one of the best 10 fastest growing places in the United States for women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs. According to Adweek, a measly two percent of female-founded companies received venture capital funding in 2017. With the United States capital now becoming a hub of inclusivity and women-driven start ups, that massive funding gap is beginning to narrow.
“Washington is a city that is minority-majority and also female-majority and, estimates have shown, has the highest concentration of LGBTQ-identifying residents of any city in the country,” explains journalist, Naomi Shavin. “Through a combination of community resourcefulness, demographic diversity, local government cooperation and good timing, D.C. has shaped itself as the top city for inclusive entrepreneurship.”
D.C. both honors women’s history as well as celebrates the trailblazers of tomorrow. The city is home to several museums that are both inspired by women and celebrate their historical impact on the country. The National Museum of Women in the Arts strives for female representation in the art world, while the Sewall- Belmont House and Museum was home to Alice Paul who was the founder of the National Women’s Party.
Modern-day businesses carry that torch of progression and change. Women-owned restaurants stand in the shadow of the Washington Monument, while female-run distilleries and woman-owned hotels are leveling the playing fields in predominantly male-run industries.
In recent years, Washington D.C. has become a focal point for feminism. In January 2017, Washington D.C. became home to the Women’s March, a worldwide protest that launched the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. In short, Washington D.C. is home to powerful women year-round. Unearth Women contributor, Mazuba Kapambwe, visited the country’s capital to spotlight the various women-owned businesses in this iconic and historic city.