The Quest for Invisibility: Female Entrepreneurs and the Masculine Norm of Entrepreneurship

Lewis, P. (2006) The Quest for Invisibility: Female Entrepreneurs and the Masculine Norm of Entrepreneurship. Gender, Work and Organization, 13 (5). pp. 453-469. ISSN 0968-6673. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The emphasis in research on female entrepreneurship remains focused on the impact of gender on women's experience of business ownership, often demonstrated through comparisons of male and female entrepreneurs. By contrast, this article explores the differences and divisions between women business owners who are silent about gender issues and those who are not. The main data drawn on in the article are e-mails conducted through a web-based entrepreneurial network set up to promote and support women in business, supplemented with interview material derived from an interview study of 19 women business owners. By considering the way in which some women business owners not only treat entrepreneurship as gender-neutral, but also seek to conceal its gendered nature, we can see how some female entrepreneurs are trying to avoid being identified as different from the masculine norm of entrepreneurship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: female entrepreneurs; invisibility; gender-blindness
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Patricia Lewis
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2008 12:23
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9201 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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