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The State of Women Entrepreneurship

Just Economy Conference – May 10, 2021

 

Women entrepreneurs own more than 12 million businesses or 40% of all United States businesses, yet lack critical access to capital and the infrastructure needed to grow and build their businesses. The pandemic has highlighted these challenges, pointing out the funding discrepancies for women-owned small businesses. In this panel, speakers will provide a summary on the current state of women’s entrepreneurship and recommendations for a new path forward.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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