Jobs are scarce, so people are opening their own businesses. Women so often do the cooking for their families, so you think they would open more fast food franchises, but there may be a reason for this: They are free spirits. Or it might be an instinctual aversion to the Night Shift. First we reported that exposure to too much light at night (such as when working on the night shift) can lead to cancer. Then we posted a story refuting this claim. Now it turns out it may be true.

As an analyst for Sonic Corp., the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, Kim Mathe looked at the number of women-owned quick service restaurant franchises and was surprised there were so few of them, especially since the trend of women owners in all businesses has been steadily increasing in recent years. According to a 2008 research report, over 10 million women own businesses in the US, over 50% of them in the services industry. But it

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