At a time when female entrepreneurship is still the exception rather than the rule, there is a bright light in the sharing economy where women are flourishing: short-term rentals.

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The rise of platforms such as Airbnb, and others helped create a $169 billion short-term rental market in 2018 alone, according to SKIFT Research. That market encompasses major female players -- a reflection of the fact that when women are unencumbered by traditional hierarchical structures, they thrive.

Online accommodation-sharing websites, including the ones just mentioned, have acted as “an equalizer in a world where women have to fight for equality every day,” South African telecom executive Liz Hartley told Forbes. I'd agree: New technology in the short-term rental space is providing people a means for making a living managing properties, where they otherwise might not have been able to do that.