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Overcoming the Gender Gap

Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers

Lesa Mitchell / Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation

First published September 2011

This paper explores the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States and the status of women’s entrepreneurship. Despite recent gains, women still lag behind men on key measures of start-up activity, and their firms tend not to grow or prosper as much. Typically, this is seen as a “women’s” issue.  In fact, it is an economic issue that affects everyone. Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource.

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