The Social Entrepreneurship Field & Gender Issues: A High Potential Intersection for Change
Keywords:social entrepreneurship, gender equality, equity
The social entrepreneurship field appears to be doing much better in terms of women’s representation and leadership in comparison to other fields and sectors. Yet, despite this success, female social entrepreneurs continue to operate in an unfavorable, male-dominant environment which significantly disadvantages women. In this article, we leverage the compelling results of Ashoka’s Global Fellows Studies from 2018 and 2021, as well as a series of in-depth interviews conducted by Ashoka’s Next Now Gender Equity team to go more into detail on the barriers female social entrepreneurs face. We argue that systematically attending to these barriers has the potential to elevate the social entrepreneurship field to the next level in terms of how it defines impact, leadership, system change, and ultimately, success. This is more urgent than ever in today’s pandemic-stricken world.
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