The issue of women startup founders who don’t receive fair risk financing is a shortfall of the West: It’s here, all over the US and there, all over Europe.
It’s hard to say that some of these statistics indicate that investors simply back off when data shows that the bias has historical precedence. Even in 2008, all-female U.S. founding teams raised 1.2% of all venture capital, according to PitchBook data. In 2012, they raised 1.8%, then 1.7% in 2016. If anything, 2021 was the anomaly, with 2.3% of venture dollars allocated to all-female U.S. teams. Today, that number so far follows at 1.9%, which is almost on par with what has typically always been.
That the solution is so simple – more control over women – highlights the discriminatory ideological strongholds that our society continues to impose on us.
In Europe, the story is quite similar, although 2020 was the most notable year in which women raised 2.4% of all venture capital on the continent. Last year paints a more realistic picture: teams made up of all women raised just 1.1% of all venture capital funds in Europe, a number comparable to what they raised in 2017, 2018 and 2019, when these teams raised 1.5%, 1.8% won. , and 1.5% of all venture capital, respectively, as previously reported by australiabusinessblog.com. The inequality gap is not moving in a meaningful direction.
It is no accident that our societies, with cadres and ideological mores handcrafted with sexism and misogyny, have made little progress toward just change. There are two parallel stories here: In one, the data reflects how investors, the responsible men, really think about economic gender equality. At the same time, the numbers are a byproduct of our Western society, a society that is still obliged to exclude and devalue women, one that enjoys being treated as second-class citizens, rendering their dreams irrelevant.