Breaking down the barriers for women entrepreneurs will be of benefit to the whole country
It might be folklore, but according to an associate of Tony Blair's, while talking about the economy with the British Prime Minister and French President Jacques Chirac, George Bush famously quipped "the problem with the French is that they have no word for entrepreneur".
A Bushism if there ever was one.
But actually, while the French invented the word entrepreneur - meaning a person who has possession over a new enterprise or venture and assumes full responsibility for the risks and outcome - they, and by association we, have no word for a female entrepreneur. When did you last hear of an 'entrepreneuse'? Not recently I expect. This was the subject of a report published this week by the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Committee's remit was to examine the untapped potential among female entrepreneurs (entrepreneuses?) and look at ways in which female entrepreneurship could be supported and promoted.