As a young girl, I knew I wanted a career, but I also wanted a family. I didn't see a lot of women doing both at once, which made me question whether my goals were possible. When I got older, I discovered the truth — women can have it all, but those of us who seek professional success in addition to family life face a steep uphill climb.
Men struggle to balance work and home life as well, but they face different challenges, especially when they decide to become entrepreneurs. While men can pitch their ideas to rooms full of male venture capitalists, women rarely get to solicit funding from other women. Venture capital remains a male-dominated field, and because venture capitalists fund men more frequently, women struggle to escape the closed loop of opportunity.
If women can't get funding, they can't start companies. If they can't start companies, they can't acquire capital. Without capital, women can't become funders, which means the women of the future must continue to seek funding from men, and the cycle continues.