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Vive La Difference!

The qualities that make women unique can also help them succeed.

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Women are an increasingly dynamic force in the business world. They're creating more firms, employing more people and grabbing more sales. And while some may think this is occurring by happenstance, one expert believes the reason for the increase in women entrepreneurs is not purely economic and social, but also biological and historical.

Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, states in her book, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World (Random House), "Men and women emerge from the womb with some innate tendencies and proclivities bred on the grasslands of Africa millennia ago. The sexes are not the same. Each has some natural talents."

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