Outlook Optimistic for Women on the Eve of International Women's Day

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Stephanie J. Wilson, a medical real estate developer from North Carolina, shares a few reasons why she's optimistic about the strides women have made recently as she prepares to launch "Women's Capital Collaborative," a fund that invests in women-led ventures with a sustainable purpose.

The purpose is to advance women, make a social impact and receive an economic return on your investment.

International Women's Day is heralded as a chance to celebrate past, present and future women. This holiday, which dates back more than 100 years, is a truly global celebration honored by more than 175 countries, including the US.

For her part, North Carolina based medical real estate developer Stephanie J. Wilson shared a few reasons she’s optimistic about the recent strides made by women. Wilson is the founder of the newly minted Women’s Capital Collaborative, a fund created to invest in women-led ventures with a sustainable purpose. Their mission? “To help increase the number of women-led, high impact businesses pitching for capital and to encourage and empower more women to invest in these enterprises,” explains Wilson.

While venture investment in women-owned enterprises is just 7 percent, the good news is that gender equality in investments is on the rise stated a recent report from the Center for Venture Research. “Nearly 24 percent of angel funding is now going to women-led businesses,” comments Wilson. “We want to ensure that women continue to be properly represented on both sides of angel and venture investments.”

As an angel investor in woman-owned companies, Wilson appreciates the value of a TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE - to advance women, make a social impact, and receive an economic return on the investment.

Here are a few more strides made by women:

1.    Women are having a record breaking year on the Forbes Billionaires list. Author and COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, joined this prestigious list, becoming part of the 25% increase over 2013 and a staggering 60% increase over the past two years.

2.    Of the top five most viewed TED talks, three are by women.

3.    Sandra Bullock reportedly earned 70 million for her Oscar-nominated role in Gravity – putting her on track with male actors for this year’s top earnings lists.

4.    And… it’s looking good for “Hillary 2016.”

“Need I say more?” laughed Wilson.

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Rebecca Antonelli