The Relationship between Family Law and Female Entrepreneurship in Germany

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  • Jorge Guerra González
Many fewer women than men try the entrepreneurial way in Germany. Any explanation for this phenomenon must be complex, as many factors are relevant for its production. Among other things, it is possible to speculate on sexual/gender discrimination, on more or less voluntary decisions of women or on different starting conditions for potential entrepreneurs. We assume that these options are closely related. This paper will concentrate, though, on the third alternative. Its focus will be set on the “family field,” or more precisely, on
the role of family law in hindering women from trying self-employment. The family field in Germany has not evolved in the sense of gender equality along with all other areas of society - e.g., entrepreneurship. No gender equality is possible if the family field is not part of it. This paper analyses causes and consequences for this phenomenon.
Translated title of the contributionVerbindung zwischen Familienrecht und weibliche Entrepreneurship in Deutschland
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLüneburg
PublisherLeuphana Universität Lüneburg
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 01.2013