“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, woman is less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior: Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”
One way of thinking about power is in terms of the ability to make choices: In other words, empowerment entails a process of change.
Enterprise development can make a very significant potential contribution to women’s empowerment, gender equality and gender equity and has a key role in gender strategies high levels of women's participation in interventions such as microfinance programs or handicraft training. Rather they may be because of lack of interest on the part of men and/or lack of alternatives for women and/or mounting pressures on women to increase their contribution to household income. Moreover a focus on women small and micro entrepreneurs can only be part of a gender policy. The vast majority of enterprise development programmes do not take gender concerns into account. This leads to low levels of participation by women