While gender equality and equal pay in the workforce have plenty of room to grow and improve, female entrepreneurship is nothing short of inspiring. In fact, women are founding companies at a historic rate. Over the last 15 years, women-owned firms have grown by 1.5 times the rate of other small enterprises and female small business owners will create an estimated 5 to 5.5 million new jobs nationwide by 2018.

Check out the infographic below from The Online MBA at USC to learn more about the success of female entrepreneurship in the U.S., including some of the most prosperous female-founded companies.

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The Female Entrepreneur: Women Who Run Their World

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Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders' Zone, a construction / home improvement portal. Follow +Irma Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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