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Entrepreneurship Education for Women – European Policy Examples of Neoliberal Feminism?

Conference contribution
Authors Caroline Berggren
Published in G19 – Rethinking Knowledge Regimes: Solidarities & Contestations, Göteborg, October 7-9.
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Language en
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Sociology


More women need to be self-employed, this according to policies produced in the European Union. Entrepreneurship education is seen as one solution to get more women into businesses. This paper set out to investigate how these pedagogical interventions are designed. In this paper, policies on entrepreneurship education produced during 1995-2018 are scrutinised using the theoretical framework of neoliberal feminism. Findings show that traditional masculine values make the norm for what is valuable and needed knowledge; women are homogenised, they and their knowledge is devalued, to such an extent that entrepreneurship education seems to consists of only one model and that is copying successful entrepreneurs. The outcomes of the interventions are poorly evaluated. To summarise, neoliberal feminism, appear to jointly contribute to just add more women in current/existing labour market structure, without questioning the structure.

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