Number of Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Nearly Doubles

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The number of immigrant women entrenpreneurs has nearly doubled in the last 10 years, according to a new Immigration Policy Center report, Our American Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Women.

In the year 2000, some 575,750 foreign-born women who immigrated as adults were self-employed in their own business, according to census data. In 2010, that number nearly doubled to 980,575, or 40 percent of all immigrant business owners in the United States.

The new report, based on a book, looks at the accomplishments and struggles, including gender bias, that these women faced along the way to becoming successful business owners.

The report, written by Susan Pearce, Elizabeth Clifford and Reena Tandon, was adapted from the book, "Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience."