Women as Entrepreneurs: Lessons Unlearned?

ERC Insight paper

Associated Themes
  • Diversity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance

Thirty years ago, Sara Carter and I wrote the book Women as Entrepreneurs (1992). In this paper I revisit the thinking and ideas from the book to see if they have survived not just as research, but as guides to policy. It appears our findings about the importance of women as entrepreneurs have survived well. I must praise the remarkable body of research produced over the last three decades showing that the numbers of women entrepreneurs have increased not just in the UK, but across the world. Many of the challenges facing women as entrepreneurs we identified persist, albeit there is evidence that focused support can make a difference. The resilience of women as entrepreneurs is a persistent theme. We saw it in our research and earlier work by others, and in subsequent studies, reports, and documents reviewed here.