Developing the next generation of Female Leaders
Entrepreneurship education is mainly occupied by men in today’s world. But today’s world is not going to be the same in 5, 10 or 20 years if we apply the following principles towards women’s education on entrepreneurship. But let’s start by talking about facts and numbers.
A study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found that women are less likely to receive formal education in the field of entrepreneurship than men, with only 14.6% of women entrepreneurs reporting receiving formal education compared to 19.2% for men. Another study conducted by the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship found that the lack of representation of female role models in entrepreneurship education can make it difficult for women to envision themselves as entrepreneurs. Finally, a study by the Journal of Small Business Management found that the way entrepreneurship education is taught, such as teaching models, examples, and case studies, tends to be more male-oriented, which can make it less attractive or relatable to female students.
To counter that, we must acknowledge and promote the importance of entrepreneurship education for women: showing more women-oriented case studies, highlighting the key elements that have contributed to their success, and being more relatable in general.
Pedagogy as well should be approached as we can explore the key elements of the curriculum, such as business planning, financial management, marketing, networking… It can also explore the teaching methods and strategies that are most effective in engaging and empowering women students.
It’s important to note that some initiatives, programs and projects (like “Promoting Women Environment Entrepreneurship) are working to address these disparities and to increase the representation of women in entrepreneurship education and support systems. However, there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in entrepreneurship education.
What are your ideas? What else should be done to promote women’s education on entrepreneurship?
- GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONITOR RELEASES NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTING WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE
- Gender and entrepreneurship: Research frameworks, barriers and opportunities for women entrepreneurship worldwide
- The Impact of Gender on Small Business Management: Preliminary Findings of a British Study