9 Female Founders on How They Learned to Celebrate Failure
By now, we all know the uphill climb that women in tech must endure. The statistics—they're bad. And while the numbers have started to improve, the fact remains that women in tech tend to face more sexism, skepticism, and discrimination than men do.
And while examples of women who have triumphed over it all are still too few, it seems everyone has an opinion about female failure. If you're a white dude, congratulations! Odds are you blame failure on external factors, on bad timing, on a market that wasn't quite ready for your genius. If you're a woman, however, failure is trickier.
A 2012 study from Babson College found that fear of failure was the biggest concern of female founders. "Even though women may have more years of education, it may not relate to self-perceived confidence in their entrepreneurial capabilities," said Candida Brush, a professor at Babson and the author of the report. Brush explains that women are still more likely than men to internalize a personal sense of blame for failure, considering it a manifestation of their weaknesses or insecurities.