The share of women in entrepreneurship studies

There are a number of factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in entrepreneurship studies. One major factor is the lack of diversity among the pool of individuals who pursue careers in entrepreneurship research more broadly, which means that there are fewer women in the pipeline to become successful entrepreneurship researchers.

Another factor is the way that entrepreneurship is traditionally framed and studied. Many of the concepts and theories that dominate entrepreneurship research were developed based on studies of male entrepreneurs, and may not fully capture the experiences and perspectives of women entrepreneurs. As a result, women may feel less motivated to participate in entrepreneurship studies, and may be less likely to feel that their contributions are valued.

Despite these challenges, there are also many efforts underway to increase the share of women in entrepreneurship studies. Some universities and research institutions are actively recruiting and supporting women in entrepreneurship research, provisioning mentorship and funding opportunities to help them succeed. Additionally, there is growing interest in developing theories and frameworks that better capture the experiences of women entrepreneurs, which could help to make the field more inclusive and welcoming to women scholars.

What are the ways to include women in entrepreneurship studies more?

Katariina Weijo


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