Its a striking fact that the ratio of male to female entrepreneurs is very low although the ratio is getting bigger day by day in good income countries, medium and small etc.
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Depends how you define "entrepreneur". if you are talking about funded startups then sure there's a great deal of males out there proving themselves in that arena. Women prefer to collaborate rather than compete and so some of the startup culture falls into that area.
But if you are talking small business then you should check out this inforgraphic about female run businesses http://blog.intuit.com/trends/women-flex-big-muscle-in-small-business-infographic/?img=a-womans-touch
Allison Reynolds makes a good point with the infographic. Also one reason women might have trouble with funded startups: White male tech startups get funding for being white and male..
Well that is a long discussion and there is no one thing you can point at, there is however a range of contributing factors, key ones I see include:
So I think, as you point out, that the picture is changing dramatically, we just happen find ourselves in the middle of the change point for the majority of countries around the world ... kind of exciting really.
If you interested have a listen to Hanselminutes. Women in Technology in the Muslim World, this is a good discussion around the differences that can happen if the "old world view" is removed.
There was one other discussion I heard but can't find. It referenced a study on the "glass ceiling" effect which looked at women coming out of key management courses in key universities and it found that they tended to have a few things happen which meant there were simply less cadidates than men. This included
So anything approaching an equal 50/50 men to women would show an actual massive bais towards women.
I can't remember the actual podcast/book but I will fill it in if I can find it.