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Sophia Bush and Nia Batts are Used to Being Underestimated

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One Tree Hill and Chicago P.D., becoming a professional multihyphenate along the way. The women are activists, entrepreneurs and advisors—and growing names in the angel-investing scene.

And people have discounted their expertise and experience every step of the way.“Especially as an actor, I’m accustomed to being underestimated, and I find it to be incredibly humorous,” Bush says, a wry smirk tugging at her lips. “I think being underestimated can be incredible fuel.”After launching an inclusive salon and accompanying philanthropic organization in Detroit in 2017, their next big project (they’re two of the advisors for First Women’s Bank) combines their decades of philanthropic and entrepreneurial experience.

Located in Chicago, it is, quite literally, the first women’s bank in the U.S.: women-founded, women-owned, women-operated.Because it’s tough to be a woman in the entertainment business, and it’s tough, too, to be a woman in finance.

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