Tearing down the double glass ceiling for the women immigrant entrepreneurs in high-tech industry

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Conference Proceeding
2019, pp. 1 - 14
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Although the number of women-owned firms is growing, there still remains the gap in the technology sector. The purpose of the present study is to explore the barriers faced by women-entrepreneurs due to their immigrant and ethnicity status. The paper presents a literature review in order to shed light on the possible causes of the lower number of women immigrant entrepreneurs particularly in high-tech sectors. Given the human, financial and network disadvantages faced by women vis-a-vis men, the immigrant status escalates the barriers further and create additional layer of "glass ceiling" to pass for women who want to start a technology-based venture. In other words, immigrant women face a set of invisible barriers to advancement in their entrepreneurial career in high-technology sectors. The paper points out the existence of barriers and calls for researchers to find out ways to tear down these glass ceilings in order to empower woman and support their contribution to society as UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development argues.
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