Enterprising women: A comparison of women's and men's small business networks

Karyn Loscocco, Shannon M. Monnat, Gwen Moore, Kirsten B. Lauber

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This study demonstrates the importance of social context to the study of networks vital to business success. Results from analyses of the personal and business characteristics associated with different types of networks, a topic that has been neglected in past research, show the importance of structural perspectives emphasizing that women and men in the same situations have similar networks. Yet there are some network differences even among these women and men who operate the same kinds of businesses. This suggests that insights from gender construction perspectives should be integrated into network and other gender inequality studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-411
Number of pages24
JournalGender and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Gender inequality
  • Network determinants
  • Networks
  • Social ties
  • Women business owners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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