There are funds out there to help women who want to start a business, normally in the area of partial loan forgiveness. What does that mean? It means that you will have to qualify for a loan and secure it for you to even see the benefits of those funds.
Grants for businesses are rare and small. Does the government have programs they don't tell everybody about? Sure they do. What about that book that promises money for all kinds of businesses? The majority of it is partial loan forgiveness or loans with matching or partially matching grants, which again does no good for those who are not able to qualify for a loan.