15 Inspiring Stories for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

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Today we’re officially celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. But women entrepreneurs are celebrated every day at Babson.

Launched in 2013, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) “works globally to empower women and girls to become active participants in the economy by igniting a network of women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities around the world.”

The WED call to action echoes Babson’s emphasis on advancing women-led entrepreneurship, a critical component of the College’s strategy as it moves into its second century. We’re focused on increasing women entrepreneurs’ capacity to start and scale new ventures so that economies reach their full potential and more women and children can be lifted out of poverty.

One way Babson is preparing women to lead the world: The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), which empowers women leaders through educational programs, events, and research while also promoting gender equity as a growth strategy that allows all individuals and organizations around the world to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential. CWEL is home to Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab®, a five-month program designed specifically for women entrepreneurs that accelerates their entrepreneurial paths.

To celebrate WED, here are some recent stories from CWEL, the WIN Lab®, and our community.

Women Entrepreneurs in Action

Advice for Entrepreneurial Women

Relevant Research

  • Women at Work: Researchers are keenly interested in figuring out how to take the best of women’s experiences in the workplace and using the lessons learned to help level the playing field. Check out some of the most recent research findings from Babson College faculty about how to help women reach their full potential.
  • Women Entrepreneurs Underestimate Themselves. What Can We Do About It?: More than 200 million women across the world are starting and running new businesses, but research shows women tend to underestimate their professional abilities and performance. How can we fix it? CWEL’s executive director, Susan Duffy, weighs in.
  • Breaking Down the Pillars of Self-Efficacy: Part IV in a series about self-efficacy, this piece investigates how women can overcome a deficit in self-efficacy and accomplish entrepreneurial goals by starting with small, achievable projects.
  • Demystifying Gender and Risk: Research on risk taking in the financial markets has presented a problematic mythology, where women are the calming force tasked with “reigning in” or “cleaning up” after the wild testosterone-fueled binges that have led to financial crises across the globe.
  • Investors Punish Entrepreneurs for Stereotypically Feminine Behavior: While we often assume women entrepreneurs are discriminated against simply for being women, Babson Assistant Professor Lakshmi Balachandra’s research shows that they’re actually penalized for exhibiting stereotypically feminine traits.

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