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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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