Call for Papers: Feminist Approaches to Gender and Entrepreneurship research



“Feminism, as a theoretical perspective and social movement, seeks to reduce and ultimately eradicate, sexist inequality and oppression” (Bell et al 2020: 177). Despite these important aims, it remains a relatively underdeveloped driver of gender and entrepreneurship research. Indeed, much extant research does not take a feminist approach, or if it does, it is implied rather than explicitly used as a theoretical and/or methodological driver (Henry et al, 2016 ). Feminism is not monolithic, taking diverse forms including Islamic feminism, Black feminism, post-colonial feminism, materialist and socialist feminism. Each feminist stance privileges different aspects of women’s lived experiences; however, it is argued that they are linked by broader epistemological concerns of how gender influences “conceptions of knowledge, knowers, and practices of inquiry and justification” (Anderson, 2020).

Epistemological challenges are critical in gender and entrepreneurship research, to advance debate and to understand and critique normative accounts of entrepreneurial activities and behaviours (Marlow 2012). Emerging entrepreneurship research drawing on arts-based methodologies (New, 2019), intersectional feminism (Martinez Dy & Jayawarna, 2020), and autoethnography (Martinez Dy, 2021), and research driven by feminist lenses, such as post-colonial feminism (Hillenkamp and dos Santos, 2019) and postfeminism (Nadin, et al 2020) have added much to recent debates. This special issue subsequently seeks to highlight the potential of feminist informed research to ask new questions that challenge and critique the gendered contours of entrepreneurship throughout the world, offering new and diverse perspectives and insights.

Key topics

  • Conceptual articles that engage with debates around feminist philosophies and epistemologies and their potential within gender and entrepreneurship research 
  • Empirical studies that foreground one or more feminist theories, and use them as drivers for entrepreneurship research design 
  • Methodological papers, outlining different feminist driven methodologies and research designs when exploring gender and entrepreneurship, particularly studies recognising and exploring the multiplicities of gender in contemporary societies 
  • Studies that use one or more feminist theories to reframe entrepreneurial activity 
  • Feminist engagement with intersectionality and the entrepreneur 
  • Studies based in the Global South, that draw on non-Western feminist philosophies to interrogate and advance our knowledge and understanding of gender and entrepreneurship 
  • Empirical gender and entrepreneurship papers that employ non-traditional research methodologies and/or methods to meet explicit feminist aims 
  • Studies that critique current hegemonic feminist approaches and offer alternatives


Extended abstracts (1,000 words max) should be submitted via email to Sally Jones.

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.
Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see here.
Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key dates

August 28th 2023 – Abstract Deadline 

September 30th 2023 – Invites extended to PDWs in November 

November 2023 – PDW linked to the ISBE (7th November)  and RENT (date tbc) conferences  

February 28th 2024  – Full papers submitted 


Anderson, E. (2020) Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science In Edward N. Zalta (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy , <…;
Bell, E., Meriläinen, S., Taylor, S., & Tienari, J. (2020). Dangerous knowledge: The political, personal, and epistemological promise of feminist research in management and organization studies. International Journal of Management Reviews, 22(2), 177-192. 
Henry, C., Foss, L., & Ahl, H. (2016). Gender and entrepreneurship research: A review of methodological approaches. International Small Business Journal, 34(3), 217-241. 
Hillenkamp, I., & dos Santos, L. L. (2019). The domestic domain within a post-colonial, feminist reading of social enterprise: towards a substantive, gender-based concept of solidarity enterprise. In Theory of social enterprise and pluralism (pp. 90-115). Routledge 
Marlow, S. (2012). Feminism, gender and entrepreneurship. Perspectives in Entrepreneurship: A Critical Approach, 59-74. 
Martinez Dy, A. (2021). “Doing one's work” in entrepreneurship studies: interpellation, distraction, disruption and transformation. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 13(3), 207-224. 
Martinez Dy, A., & Jayawarna, D. (2020). Bios, mythoi and women entrepreneurs: A Wynterian analysis of the intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-employed women and women-owned businesses. International Small Business Journal, 38(5), 391-403. 
Nadin, S., Smith, R., & Jones, S. (2020). Heroines of enterprise: Post-recession media representations of women and entrepreneurship in a UK newspaper 2008–2016. International Small Business Journal, 38(6), 557-577.
New, E. (2019). Sketching the profile of female entrepreneurs: a qualitative exploration using an art-based, feminist methodology (Doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina).