DOI: 10.5176/2251-2039_IE1223

Authors: Mojdeh Mehrganrad

Abstract: The only way to survive the volatile situation of today's economy is to utilize all the available resources and to enhance all the present capabilities. To do so, recognition of women's competence and their creative talent can help reap the benefit of this big proportion of Iran's society.In recent years women who comprise half of the country's population, has occupied more seats in universities than before, however the unemployment rate among women has risen dramatically. Governmental organizations as well as private sections have failed to incorporate this national capital. The development of women entrepreneurship seems to be the best way to tackle these problems. The Iranian government has taken many measures to support the development of women entrepreneurship, which is expected to play a crucial role in employment creation, gross domestic product growth, and non-oil development. The purpose of this article is to address the following research questions: how important is women entrepreneurship in Iran? What are their main constraints? What is the impact of women entrepreneurship on SME development? What are some practical ways to develop women entrepreneurship in Iran?

Keywords: Iran, Women, Entrepreneurship, Constraints, Small to Medium-sized Enterprises


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