When asked the question, “why do women start fewer high tech startups than men?” some people have responded that women are “less interested in risk-taking” (perhaps genetically — usually the phrase “predisposed” is used, then).
An excellent observation from a person successfully running their own lucrative business:
I think there’s a fallacy that those who start their own businesses or work on their own are somehow born with an “entrepreneurial spirit” that the regular workaday employees just don’t have that. They aren’t “risk-takers”, they aren’t self-motivated, and they just can’t manage themselves.
Why do we get so wrapped up in the idea that business-makers are risk-takers? And then ardently exclaim that women don’t have this quality?
This strikes me as a double-whammy of cultural self-hinderance — setting businesspeople in a class apart, and women in particular in the class-that’s-not-it. Why do we set ourselves up that way? Why even spread the idea?
 via Leo Babauta at Zen Habits