Women fight inequality and discrimination every day. They fight for equal pay for equal work. They challenge gender stereotypes in their careers and personal lives. They question unfair social and political norms. They unify under passionate causes, evidenced by the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. With female business builders making up nearly 40% of the global workforce — and heading 72% of micro-enterprises and 40% of small enterprises in SA — any kind of discrimination is unacceptable from a cultural and economic point of view, especially when it involves failure to pay what is owed. The effect of late payments on small businesses has been widely discussed as an issue that must be eradicated for all entrepreneurs, regardless of gender. But inequality still exists and more needs to be done to eradicate it. Research by Sage highlights that this discrimination doesn’t just affect women in large corporates. It identified a worrying trend: female entrepreneurs are more likely to suffer...

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