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F&E CWEL Gender Research

The Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) boasts a lively, supportive, and growing community of scholars who do innovative research on women, gender, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Here we showcase some of the research that has come out from, and been amplified by, DIRI and Babson’s Frank & Eileen™ Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (F&E CWEL).

Research Highlights

GEM 2022/23 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report

GEM 2022/23 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report

The GEM 2022/2023 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report emphasizes the need for targeted segmentation in designing effective support for women entrepreneurs, particularly in facilitating their access to digitalization. This approach is critical, considering the significant gender gap in established business ownership, with higher entrepreneurial intentions and solo-preneurship trends among women, especially in low-income countries. Additionally, the report highlights the role of women as one in four high-growth entrepreneurs globally, underscoring the need for tailored support in these areas.

F&E CWEL is a proud sponsor of the report.

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Gender-Based Impediments Beyond VC

In a new report, we find gender-biased impediments continue to exist for women entrepreneurs but many find strategies to overcome them.

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Entrepreneurs Punished for Stereotypically Feminine Behaviors

Research by Assistant Professor Lakshmi Balachandra shows that women entrepreneurs are penalized for exhibiting stereotypically feminine traits.

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Energy & Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs

A literature review: Building the evidence base for women's empowerment and entrepreneurship to improve energy intervention's effectiveness.

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The Hidden Gender Bias in Accessing Credit

A report in partnership with Oxfam America looks at the structural barriers and hidden bias in access to credit for women-led businesses.

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How Balancing a Career & Motherhood Makes You Better at Both

A new book co-authored by Babson Professor Danna Greenberg looks at how balancing a career and motherhood makes you better at both.

Pulse Surveys for Women Entrepreneurs

In an effort to better support women entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Babson’s Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) compiled a series of short (~5 min), confidential, and anonymous surveys. These surveys gathered input that provided a more comprehensive understanding of the business challenges women entrepreneurs were facing at that time.

Download the full PDF - DIRI COVID Survey Results for all four of our pulse surveys.


Women Entrepreneurs in a time of COVID-19

Survey 4: Personal Leadership from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)

In this fourth 5-minute survey, we ask you to share your personal challenges, strategies, and silver-linings.

Download the Survey 4: Personal Leadership from Crisis to Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »

 

Women Entrepreneurs in a time of COVID-19

Survey 3: Stakeholder Management from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)

In this third 5-minute survey, we ask you to share how you are managing key stakeholder relationships, including specific challenges, strategies, and quality of support.

Download the Survey 3: Stakeholder Management from Crisis to Operation (pdf) Result Highlights »

 

Women Entrepreneurs in a time of COVID-19

Survey 2: Business Opportunity (Closed)

In this second 5-minute survey, we asked you to share how you are planning around the financial impact of the COVID19 crisis on your business, including specific challenges, strategies, and future opportunities.

Download the Survey 2: Business Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »

 

Women Entrepreneurs in a time of COVID-19

Survey 1: Creating a Pathway from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)

In this first 5-minute survey, we asked you to share how you are managing the effects of the COVID-19 on your business, the challenges you are facing, where you are getting support, and what you see as opportunities.

Download the Survey 1: Creating a Pathway from Crisis to Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »

 

 

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