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Today is international women’s day. So with perfect timing, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor has released their 2005 report on women and entrepreneurship. Findings include:

  • The entrepreneurship gender-gap is widest in high-income countries, where men are twice as likely there to engage in both early-stage and established ventures. In middle-income countries the gap narrows to 25.6% in early-stage and broadens to 59.1 % for established business owners.
  • In high-income countries there is no gender gap in term of business survival. However, in middle-income countries a woman’s business is significantly less likely to stand the test of time than a man’s.
  • Women are more optimistic about the expansion of their new businesses.

Maybe they should have surveyed Kenya? Download the full report.

Update: WBG press release on International Women's Day.

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