Why study women entrepreneurs worldwide? It sheds light on wealth creation, employment choices, human capital, labor market dynamics, family dynamics, employment, business creation and world peace says Maria Minniti, holder of the Bobby B. Lyle Chair in Entrepreneurship at SMU’s Cox School of Business. She takes stock of what has been learned so far about female entrepreneurship, and what more needs to be done.
The study of women entrepreneurs reveals new trends. Over the period 1975-1995, female self-employment grew by 60% compared to only a 20% increase for men. Recent data from the Center for Women’s Business Research showed that, between 1997 and 2002, women in the United States have formed new businesses at twice the national rate. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project, a program of study about entrepreneurs world-wide, has shown a significant amount of female startup activity around the globe.
Read more about Professor Minniti’s comprehensive paper here.
Posted by: Laurel Delaney