Despite archaic laws the prevent women from doing things as simple as opening bank accounts, it appears that Middle Eastern women have become business savvy. At a conference for start-ups last month in Lebanon, 40% of the business pitches given were from women. The internet appears to be the reason behind the jump in female-owned start-up companies. With the internet, it is possible for women with traditional mother/homemaker roles to work from home and make their own hours. While this is great news for women in the Middle East, the fight is not over yet. Many laws still restrict a woman from working in business, and many companies in the Middle East are not sure how to go about hiring women. More information can be found here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304356604577337841735824280.html?mod=WSJ_World_LEFTSecondNews.