CWEL Gender Research

The CWEL and Babson boast a lively, supportive and growing community of faculty who do innovative research on women and gender, leadership and entrepreneurship. Here we showcase some of the research that has come out from, and been amplified by, the CWEL.

Beyond the Bucks - New Findings

We know that women face significant challenges in obtaining venture funding but what happens after they achieve multi-million dollar growth? In a new report led by Babson Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Diana Research Fellow Lakshmi Balachandra, we find gender-biased impediments continue to exist for women entrepreneurs. 

At the same time, insights are provided as to how these women entrepreneurs were able to accomplish significant growth in spite of the barriers they faced. What we learned is that all of the women were able to grow their businesses through grit, resilience and leadership excellence.


Entrepreneurs Punished for Stereotypically Feminine Behaviors

While we often assume women entrepreneurs are discriminated against simply for being women, research by Assistant Professor Lakshmi Balachandra shows that they’re actually penalized for exhibiting stereotypically feminine traits. In fact, men are also at a disadvantage when they display “feminine” behaviors in the pitch room, while women are not penalized if they project more “masculine” behaviors.


How Balancing a Career & Motherhood Makes You Better at Both

Danna Greenberg, Babson Professor and Walter H. Carpenter Professor Division Co-Chair, releases research on career and motherhood. In the work, she shows that by understanding and being more aware of life’s transitions, working mothers can develop the resiliency they need at home and at work, and actually use this skill to better manage the unpredictable. “We’ve studied the challenges that come with integrating work in motherhood,” said Greenberg. “The guilt, lack of self-esteem, and identity issues—all in addition to the stress of simply not having enough time in the day. These challenges are real but so, too, is the fact that work can make you better at home, and being a mother can help you more successfully navigate your career.”


Additional Research from Babson:

  1. Mary Gentile, Director, Giving Voice to Values, and Senior Research Scholar, author of Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right (Yale University Press, 2010) http://www.givingvoicetovaluesthebook.com/

  2. Candida Brush, Chair, Entrepreneurship Division, Director, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and Franklin W. Olin Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship

    Co-author, Saparito, P., Bruch, C., and Elam, “Perceptions of Bank-Firm Relationships: Does Gender Similarity Matter?” Entrepreneurship and Practice April 2012

  3. Julie Levinson, Associate Professor of Film, The American Success Myth on Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-american-success-myth-on-film-julie-levinson/1108361554?ean=9780230363366

  4. Danna Greenberg, Associate Professor of Management, co-author, D.L. Greenberg and E. Landry, “Negotiating a flexible work arrangement: How Women Navigate the influence of power and context,” Journal of Organizational Behavior 32 (8), 2011, 1163-88.

  5. Wendy Murphy, Assistant Professor of Management, co-author, Murphy, W.M. and E.H. Volpe, “Married Professional Women’s Career Exit: Integrating Identity and Social Networks,” Gender In Management: International Journal 2011 26 (1): 57-83. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1754-2413&volume=26&issue=1&articleid=1906866&show=abstract

  6. Nan Langowitz, Chair, Management Division, and Professor of Management, co-author with Elaine Allen, “Understanding the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap: A Multi-Country Examination,” in M. Minniti, ed., The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship: Theory and Evidence, Oxford University Press, 2011 http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Business/Entrepreneurship/?view=usa&ci=9780199580866

  7. Toni Lester, Professor of Law, Culture and Society, editor of Gender Nonconformity, Race, and Sexuality: Charting the Connections (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) 

    Author, “Talking about Sexual Orientation, Teaching about Homophobia Negotiating the Divide Between Religious Belief and Tolerance For LGBT Rights in the Classroom” Duke Law School Journal of Gender and the Law 15 (1) 2008, 388-418 
    Author “Machismo at the Crossroads - Recent Developments in Latin America Gay Rights Law: The Case of Costa Rica,” Michigan State International Law Journal (Spring 2012)
    Vol. 20, Issue 2, 2012 (pp. 

  8. Jon Hodge, Full Time Lecturer, Arts and Humanities, author of “Villette’s Compulsory Education,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 45: 4 (Autumn 2005).

  9. Mary Godwyn, Associate Professor of Sociology, co-author with Judy Hoffer Gittell, Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships (Pine Forge Press/Sage Publications, 2012), http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235506

    Co-author, with Donna Stoddard, Minority Women Entrepreneurs: How Outsider Status can Lead to Better Business Practices (Greenleaf Publishing, 2011) https://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/minority-women-entrepreneurs

  10. Patricia Greene, Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurship, co-author, Gatewood, E.J., Brush, C.G., Carter, N.M., Greene, P.G., & Hart, M.M. 2009. “Diana: A symbol of women entrepreneurs’ hunt for knowledge, money, and the rewards of entrepreneurship,” Small Business Economics 32 (2): 129-144 http://www.springerlink.com/content/v14k158q13316436/

  11. Marjorie Feld, Associate Professor of History, Faculty Director, CWEL, author of Lillian Wald: A Biographyhttp://www.amazon.com/Lillian-Wald-Biography-Marjorie-Feld/dp/B005UW2HO0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345571532&sr=8-2&keywords=lillian+wald

  12. Beth Wynstra, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, author of "Critical Lens: A Rhetorical Approach to O'Neill's Early Wife Characters" (forthcoming in Critical Insights: Eugene, EBSCO Publishing Incorporated, September, 2012), http://www.amazon.com/Eugene-Oneill-Critical-Insights-Steven/dp/1429837276/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346415377&sr=8-1&keywords=Critical+insights+eugene+o%27neill.