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Female entrepreneurs in a time of crisis: evidence from Ireland

Simon Stephens (Department of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Ireland)
Isobel Cunningham (Department of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Ireland)
Yousra Kabir (Department of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Ireland)

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Article publication date: 17 June 2021

Issue publication date: 17 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the impact that a crisis such as that created by COVID-19 has on entrepreneurs. The authors focus on female entrepreneurs and their ability and propensity to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

Design/methodology/approach

For each respondent (n = 113), data was collected using an online survey. The survey was distributed in April 2020 during a nationwide lockdown and again in September 2020 as the economy reopened. In completing the survey, respondents were asked a series of multiple-choice questions and a series of open-ended questions.

Findings

The authors present data characterizing the female entrepreneurs, their experience during a time of crisis and the enablers and disablers to the continuation of their entrepreneurial journey. The key findings that emerge from this study include the resilience of the female entrepreneurs, their willingness to contribute to community-based organizations during a crisis and their desire to seek and receive support from their peers.

Originality/value

The findings from this study provide novel insights with regard to the resources and strategies used by female entrepreneurs during a time of crisis. The data was collected during two periods of great uncertainty for the entrepreneurs and at times when their availability was extremely limited.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the editors and the reviewers. Their guidance and recommendations have resulted in significant improvements to this paper.

Citation

Stephens, S., Cunningham, I. and Kabir, Y. (2021), "Female entrepreneurs in a time of crisis: evidence from Ireland", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 106-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-09-2020-0135

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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