There are various themes and interpretations, but at its core Feminist Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of gender equality through entrepreneurial ventures that are founded on ethical and intersectional feminist principles.

“Entrepreneurial feminism, developed from social feminism, is a theory that explains how feminist values are enacted through the venture creation process to improve the position of women in society. Coined by Barbara Orser and Catherine Elliott, entrepreneurship is viewed as a mechanism to create economic self-sufficiency and equity-based outcomes for girls and women.

Entrepreneurial feminists enter commercial markets to create wealth and social change, based on the ethics of cooperation, equality, and mutual respect.”


To expand on that, feminist entrepreneurs use entrepreneurship as a means of creating social change and building a more equitable world for women, Indigenous people, people of colour, and other marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2+ community, people with disabilities, etc.

For more information and resources on Entrepreneurial Feminism (and a list of fantastic organizations for feminist entrepreneurs!), check out our post: Helping Women Thrive: A Feminist Framework for Entrepreneurship.