It's no coincidence that these two data points are trending upward together, nor is it coincidence that it's happening now. The growth in the number of women investors since 2004 coincides with a period of time in which women -- in large numbers -- have recognized they have the skills, interests, networks and capital to invest in ways that did not previously exist. As those women became angel investors, the number of women-led companies backed by angel investments also rose. Data from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire illustrates this correlation. In 2004, 3 percent of the 48,000 or so companies that received angel funding were led by women -- that's approximately, 1,500 women entrepreneurs accessing angel investments. In 2016, women-led companies represented 22 percent of all companies that received angel funding -- that's more than 14,000 female entrepreneurs receiving capital to propel their early stage companies.