June 2018

Women, Technology and Entrepreneurship

At a time when Europe and much of the world push to secure an equal role for women in the workforce, the Lisbon Council teams up with Facebook to launch Women, Technology and Entrepreneurship: How European Women Use Technology to Get Ahead and Why It Matters for Europe as a Whole, a new policy brief. Based on a wide-ranging survey by Morning Consult that covered more than 6000 small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in six European Union countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom), the policy brief offers new evidence on how women are faring in the management and staffing of Europe’s largest economic sector and how they are adapting to the spread and use of modern technology, a key component of SMB growth. Co-authors Katarzyna Jakimowicz, Stéphanie Lepczynski, David Osimo and Ilaria Vigo propose a ground-breaking four-point programme of policy actions to help improve the gender imbalances in the European SMB sector. The policy brief was launched at Digital4Her, a high-level conference convened in Brussels by the European Commission in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European commissioner for digital economy and society.