Introduction / objectives: Gender discrimination in Latin American societies significantly reduces the effective participation of women in the development of new businesses; therefore, it limits their possibilities for professional advancement, as well as development opportunities for their families. In an even broader context, inequality prevents women from efficiently contributing to business development in countries of the region. The possibilities of undertaking new ventures are diminished by this reality. Most of the women surveyed for this study mentioned that they have suffered discrimination while doing business because of their gender. In fact, the results of this research paper show that women perceive greater inequality in opportunities to create companies and face more barriers in accessing resources, mainly financial ones, to develop their enterprises. These barriers have a negative effect on the outcomes and growth prospects of businesses created by women. Indeed, they prevent women, who represent more than 50% of the population, from efficiently contributing to the creation of wealth and jobs in Latin American countries.

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Keywords Women entrepreneurship, Latin America, Developing countries, Gender gap
Conference Congreso CERALE (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche Amérique Latine Europe)
Citation
Ilie, C, & Cardoza, G. (2018). Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America: A Comparative Study. Presented at the Congreso CERALE (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche Amérique Latine Europe).