Dell Technologies is dipping its toe into presidential politics.
An "open letter" was sent to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Tuesday from more than 80 companies, including Dell Technologies, pressing the candidates to do more for women entrepreneurs.
The letter focuses on three main policy areas: Helping women with access to financial and human capital; increasing access to local and global networks; and helping women thrive as technology changes.
Dell and other companies -- primarily technology businesses -- are proposing specific policy recommendations, such as "incentives for individuals and organizations to invest in women-owned companies" and "encouraging conscious placement of women on boards, in venture partnerships and on executive teams."
This effort was sparked largely after Dell teamed up with Deloitte and the magazine Vanity Fair to hold dinners with women entrepreneurs and government officials in New York, Chicago and San Francisco to discuss what needs to change in the business world and in government policy to help women succeed.
Some of the tech CEOs who signed the letter include executives from MasterCard, SoulCycle, Stitch Fix and GoDaddy. Several Dell executives signed the letter, including the company's chief marketing officer.
The tech industry is notoriously male-dominated, as is the executive level of most businesses, so this effort is aimed at solving the problem of too few women starting or running companies.
"While women are starting businesses twice as fast as men, they face unique challenges, including experiencing disproportionately high failure rates, receiving only 7 percent of venture capital and being represented in only 7 percent of media stories," the letter says.
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