Most women already know this—the freedom to plan if and when to have children is critical not only to our family lives but to our work. Easy access to birth control is good for our bodies, minds, relationships, and personal satisfaction, but it’s also good for our careers. This is especially true if we’re trying to advance in our chosen fields, start our own businesses, or grow existing ones.
A new poll out from Small Business Majority surveyed more than 500 female entrepreneurs and found that more than half of the women (56 percent) say that access to birth control and the ability to decide if and when to have children allowed them to advance in their careers and start their businesses. Women-led small businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy, projected to create about one-third of all new jobs between 2010 and 2018.