American women start their own businesses because they have no other choice

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Media Outlet: Quartz

Call it a calculated risk: Camilla Ley Valentin, the mother of two little girls, earned three times her husband’s salary when she decided six years ago to leave her corporate job in Denmark to start her own business. It was also the start of the Danish financial crisis.


Nanette Fondas is a scholar, educator, and co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace.

Elizabeth Weingarten is the director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative, a project of the Better Life Lab where she is a senior fellow.