I suppose it all depends on your perspective. "All" people are covered by anti-discrimination laws. If you're referring to the
U.S. "FMLA Act" somewhere in these posts, then that particular set of rules covers anyone having to take time out for a valid medical reason or to care for a spouse, child, or natural parent. Any rules covering flexible hours are generally set by your employer and, I would think, this would be classified as an optional benefit. I don't know of any state that would require an employer to provide you with a flexible schedule to pursue education--regardless of whether or not you have children.
As for grants for business start-up, Texas is especially friendly to such activities. Grants and low interest loans are available through local Small Business Associations throughout the state. If your business is owned, at least 51% owned, by a woman then you're a "minority" operation by the state's definition.