Take a look back at history and a look back at business, and you’ll find very few names in the annals of women-owned businesses. That’s because for many centuries, women were prevented from owning businesses and from pursuing certain educational paths and professions.

Luckily in the United States, that’s changed. Women are making up for lost time, it seems, and pursuing all sorts of companies to employ millions of people and generate trillions of dollars for the economy. One way to prove this theory is just to look at the numbers for women-owned businesses that have been created in the last 20 years. It has out-paced other business creation by about 2.5 times the national average. And as opportunities have opened for women, opportunities have also continued to open for another subset of women-people of color-who historically had more of a disadvantage than others. What does this change look like? This graphic explains it.

I’m Julie Ball, Founder of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.