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Ladies First

So it's said. But women are still debating ways to battle the old boy network.

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This story appears in the May 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

According to the SBA, women currently own about 40 percent of U.S. firms but only receive 2 percent of federal government contracts.

While these are irrefutable facts, solutions to the problem aren't clear-cut. Some believe preferences, set asides and special programs can help. Others argue the best remedy is a fair, open and competitive marketplace.

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