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Women Entrepreneurs 2005

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Her Own Words, PO Box 5264, Madison WI 53705-0264; 608-271-7083
Produced by Jocelyn Riley
Director n/a
DVD, color, 15 min.

Jr. High - Adult
Careers, Business, Women's Studies

Date Entered: 04/04/2007

Reviewed by Gloria Maxwell, Reference Librarian, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO

This DVD provides a quick look at twenty-five women who own their own businesses, most of whom created an innovative twist on an existing field or fashioned an entirely new and unique line of work. Among those featured: a dry cleaner who provides coffee and biscotti, a wholesale florist, a bicycle courier, tools in a van, and one woman who assists seniors into downsizing or moving by organizing and helping them to de-clutter.

Some of these business owners own their own buildings, while others rent commercial space or work from their homes. Some careers require little money investment, while others may need large capital investments. While these types of careers can involve flexibility, they also require great energy and commitment. Some of the entrepreneurs stress the 24/7 nature of owning one’s own business. What they all share, however, is the sheer enjoyment and empowerment that results from channeling one’s imagination, energy and time into making a dream come true.

This is a quick, breezy look at today’s world of women entrepreneurs. Multicultural diversity is readily apparent from the women interviewed, and shows that entrepreneurship knows no ethnic or racial boundaries.

The resource guide contains profiles of all twenty-five women entrepreneurs, along with discussion questions. An introduction to entrepreneurship, viewing notes, video script, and discussion questions for the video are provided. Also included are overhead transparency masters, discussion starters and discussion questions. An extensive list of resources (books and websites) completes this guide.

This is one title in the sixteen 15-minute programs in the Her Own Words series on Women in Nontraditional Careers. Titles in this series would be suitable for junior and senior high schools, as well as community colleges, especially when career planning is discussed.

Video and audio qualities are good and a pleasant soundtrack accompanies the presentation.

Highly recommended.

Her Own Words videos and resource guides have received many national awards, including the

  • Write Women Back Into History Award from the National Women’s History Project and the
  • Barb Landers Memorial Award from the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education.