Vietnam is a hot spot for foreign investments, and has its women to thank

At 73 per cent, Vietnam's female labor-participation rate is among the highest in the world


Women hold up half of the sky, or so Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong liked to say. These days, that’s certainly the case in Vietnam.  Throughout the country, many well-known businesses are run by women. There’s Mai Kieu Lien, who captured the rising middle class’s thirst for protein-rich milk drinks and built Vietnam Dairy Products JSC into a $10 billion empire. Then there’s Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, founder of budget airline VietJet Aviation JSC, who became Vietnam’s first female billionaire – and not just because of its ...