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The Daughter Also Rises

Women are taking over the family business; their initiative is the key.

This story appears in the March 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Women in their 40s and 50s who have ascended to leadership positions in their families' businesses have frequently done so because their brothers have stepped aside. But that's changing, insists Leslie Dashew, founder of the Human Side of Enterprise, an organizational development consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. While daughters in their 20s and 30s may not become leaders in their families' firms as quickly or as easily as their brothers, they're definitely stepping up the pace.

Nevertheless, sons and daughters in a family business are still treated differently in subtle ways. Here are a few:

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