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Ulrike Fasbender and Yue S. Ang

Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise, meaning that around the world, women increasingly contribute to creativity, innovation, and job creation. This chapter is therefore dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship. It traces the origin of entrepreneurship by showing how much it has developed from Schumpeter’s analysis, who envisaged it as a tool for economic development, to the emergence of social entrepreneurship. Discussing legal perspectives in light of individual and institutional drivers shows that men and women are equipped with the same legal forms as platforms for their entrepreneurship allowing them to align their individual drivers and entrepreneurial intentions. Yet women’s choice can be limited due to gender-specific barriers that restrict them from fully utilizing their choice of legal forms. This can hinder the alignment of women’s individual drivers and their entrepreneurial intentions, which potentially undermines the role of women as entrepreneurs in general.