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The lack of female entreprenuers is not for lack of trying. But it may be because of lack of asking.

That's right. In our special report on Women and Business, CNBC writer Jessica Naziri finds that one of the reasons that women don't get the funding they need to start a business is that, according to Lesa Mitchell, a vice president with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation devoted to entrepreneurship, is that "they simply don't ask."

According to research done by Babson College, reports Naziri, if female entrepreneurs in the U.S. started with the same capital as male entrepreneurs, they would add 6 million jobs to the economy within five years — 2 million of those in the first year alone.

That's an incredible opportunity for job growth in the U.S., if women can find the right networks. And they are, slowly, finding their way to the money.Here's how women are creating their own networks and opportunities.