Entrepreneurial Feminism, coined by Barbara Orser, is considered as an instrument to create self-sufficiency and equity-based outcomes for women. It is developed from social feminism that explains how feminist values are depicted through the venture creation process to improve the position of women in society. Entrepreneurial feminists enter commercial markets to create wealth and social change, based on the conventions of cooperation, equality, and mutual respect.

Barbara Orser has done her Graduation from the University of Waterloo, her MBA from the Schulich School of Business and Ph.D. from the School of Management, University of Branford.
Her research concerns in the field of Entrepreneurial Feminism and brought the term. She is a co-author of Feminine Capital: Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs. She was awarded various titles including Executive Network (2010) 100 most Power Women in Canada and The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Awards (2010)

Women embrace a continuum of perspectives about how gender impacts the way they do business. For some women, being female has no influence on their business practice. For others, it’s all about being female.

Women are changing the way business is done and building communities of like-minded business owners.

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Today women are embracing entrepreneurial feminism as a means to participate in the formal economy. Entrepreneurs are no longer the resourceful few, predominantly male, captains of industry who possess stamina and hardened constitutions. Women are breaking the mold. Today across North America, females retain ownership in half of all small businesses and in the United States alone over eight million female-owned firms generate $3 trillion a year in economic impact. For many of these women, their experiences as women inform their business practices and influence how they approach venture creation.

Entrepreneurial feminism may be at odds with feminist criticism that suggests capitalism is a source of women’s subordination—but, in fact, feminism and entrepreneurship share much in common. We know that compared to males, female students are less likely to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, regardless of discipline or country-of-origin. One reason is that the management curriculum typically personifies the entrepreneur as masculine, through role models and language. No successful business owner is an entrepreneur at birth—access to resources, including gender-sensitive curriculum, shape individual entrepreneurial propensity.

Source: The Feminist Entrepreneur.