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Dorothy Perrin Moore

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 19: Women Entrepreneurs: Approaching a New Millennium

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Women Entrepreneurs: Approaching a New Millennium
Women entrepreneurs: Approaching a new millennium
Dorothy PerrinMoore

The intense interest in entrepreneurship is unprecedented (U.S. Small Business Administration, 1995, 1997). A recent Gallup poll reported that over 90% of Americans would approve if either a daughter or son started a small business (Cooper, 1998; Dennis, 1997). The daughters have been especially active. The 78% increase in the number of women-owned firms between 1987 and 1996 nearly doubled the 47% increase for all U.S. firms (National Foundation for Women Business Owners [NFWBO], 1997e, p. 1; U.S. Small Business Administration, 1997, pp. 1–2). In 1996, there were approximately 8 million women-owned businesses in the United States. They were expected soon to employ approximately 26% of the U.S. workforce, a total of 18.5 ...

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