Female Entrepreneurship in the Twentieth Century Netherlands
How did female entrepreneurship evolve in the twentieth century Netherlands and which factors can explain this change over time?
Despite the fact that the number of female entrepreneurs tripled in the Netherlands since the 1960s, the share of female entrepreneurs who generate jobs and innovate remains limited today. While social science literature offers explanations on the recent gender gap in entrepreneurship, historical studies show evidence that Dutch women engaged in diverse forms of entrepreneurship in the past. Therefore, using a combination of social science theories with a historical perspective, this project will collect new evidence to identify the conditions under which the different forms of female entrepreneurship have emerged and declined in the Netherlands during the twentieth century.
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