Cedar Rapids Gazette: When it comes to women-owned businesses, Iowa falls just above the middle of the pack, an annual report found. The state ranked 24th nationwide with 90,193 businesses owned by women, according to this year’s State of Women-Owned Business Report, commissioned by American Express. In 2018, there were 91,136 women-owned businesses in Iowa. Nationwide, between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses grew 21%, to nearly 13 million, and came to represent 42% of all U.S. businesses.