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Dilek Cetindamar and Sinan Erer

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Dilek Cetindamar and Berna Beyhan

Women technology entrepreneurs is a neglected topic in the entrepreneurship literature. Rather than following gender-blind frameworks used for entrepreneurship, this study proposes to use a feminist approach. The literature is overcrowded with analyses of individual-level factors while ignoring the role of macro factors in shaping entrepreneurship. Thus, this study develops a total of nine propositions around two key macro factors: organizational factors (such as the hierarchical structure of scientific workplaces) and societal factors (such as stereotypes). The chapter presents a case analysis using the propositions developed on an exemplar country chosen for the study: Turkey. Our overview of Turkey confirms the propositions developed in this chapter. The chapter ends with implications of the study and suggestions for future studies.

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Dilek Cetindamar, Elayn James, Thorsten Lammers, Alicia Pearce and Elizabeth Sullivan

The objective of this chapter is to draw attention to the relationship between STEM education and women’s entrepreneurship in technology enterprises. By using Australia as a case study, this exploratory analysis of secondary data shows how Australia has gains in the level of women’s involvement in STEM education, while it still has to overcome a chasm for woman then proceeding from being a STEM alumnus into actually becoming an entrepreneur in technology start-ups. The authors specifically discuss an institutional intervention in STEM education, the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. The chapter concludes with a discussion and suggestions for further studies.