Work. Family. Stress. Depression. "Seriously, do you ask male founders this line of questions?" one woman wrote. We do—but women founders were more forthcoming about how they handle the stress and anxiety of running a business, working 40-60 hours a week, having a personal life, and navigating more serious mental illness.
said their companies provide paid family leave for all employees – despite the high costs for
cite come back
to time with
"I pay myself less
now than I made my first year out of college," one respondent wrote. Still, having her life revolve around her own startup "doesn't feel like a sacrifice, and more of a luxury."
Founder and CEO of women's networking platform Vina
of female founders said they have suffered depression.
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of our respondents
have children. 17% said they don't want children
or are unsure.
How one of our respondents handles stress and anxiety:
I don't know how we'll afford to support paid family leave, but I feel ethically obligated to make it happen no matter what.
...and our respondents tend
to be the breadwinners; more than half said they earn more than their partner or spouse.
Going to church/