08/09/2013 10:53 am ET

Revisiting The Gender GAP In Women's Entrepreneurship: What Holds Women Back?


Last week we released the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women's Report which describes the activity and contributions of women entrepreneurs across 67 economies around the world.

We find that an estimated 126 million women are running new businesses and an additional 98 million are running established Not only are these women creating jobs for themselves, but also they employ others, plan to grow and are actively innovating new products and services. Besides this good news, for the first time there are seven economies (Panama, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria, Mexico and Uganda) in which the rate of women’s start-up was slightly higher or equal to that of men. And, there is more good news! We find stable patterns of women’s venture creation in most economies, participation across all industry sectors and in many countries, rising entrepreneurial intentions among women.

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