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6 Startups Dedicated To Improving Women’s Lives

It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented in the world of startups. Last year, only 2.8% of all venture capital in the United States went to female-founded companies, marking little improvement from the years prior. As men continue to dominate the startup space, the needs and wants of women continue to go largely unheard.

Now more than ever, paying special attention to those startups that are dedicated to improving women’s lives is crucial. As male-dominated as the space may be, there are still a number of companies out there innovating and pushing to make the world a better place for women everywhere. Here are some of the best:

1. CureMetrix

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Women Founders of AI Startups Take Aim at Gender Bias

When Rana el Kaliouby was pitching investors in 2009 on her artificial-intelligence startup, Affectiva, she and her co-founder tried to steer clear of what she calls the “e-word”—emotion.

They were both women, and though their startup was designed to detect emotion in technology, they were sensitive to how they would be perceived. They feared they might not be taken seriously because “emotion” wasn’t in the traditional lexicon of many companies and funders—and because it carried female connotations in a largely male industry.

“We danced around it,” she says, adding that they called themselves a “sentiment” company instead. “Investors invest in what they know, and we were so different from what they were used to.”

A decade later, that is changing. Though the field of artificial intelligence remains heavily male-dominated, female leaders have made noticeable inroads. Some say they want to build workplaces that are more inviting to diverse workforces, and

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