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Gender and social enterprise

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2014 at 12:54 am


Recently I participated in a fascinating Q&A on The Guardian about women and social enterprise. It reinforced how diverse the social enterprise space already is and the fantastic contributions made by a range of women, though it also highlighted the work that remains to be done. It got me thinking about the role of gender in social enterprise more generally…


It is oft quoted that social enterprises are far more likely to be led by women than mainstream businesses. The recent State of Social Enterprise (SOSE) survey found that 38% of social enterprises have a female leader, whilst it’s also been shown that 35% of public sector leaders are women. This is compared with 19% of SMEs and just 4% of FTSE 100 companies. The SOSE survey also found that 91% of social enterprises have at least one woman on their leadership team.

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