Women's entrepreneurship research and the understanding of factors influencing the growth of women-owned business have advanced significantly over the last decade. Yet, challenges remain. Women Entrepreneurs and the Global Environment for Growth provides wide-ranging insights on the challenges that women entrepreneurs face growing their businesses and how these may be addressed. This volume is rooted in research and considers growth challenges, both contextually and firm specific, provoking current thought and enriching the current literature on gender and entrepreneurship. Part I highlights how contextual factors, and especially social and familial settings of entrepreneurs, have a differential impact on men and women. Part II examines strategies, constraints and enablers of growth and performance. The authors aptly demonstrate that a well-focused gender lens is necessary to better explain the phenomenon of women's entrepreneurship. Extending previous studies about women's entrepreneurship, this volume is unique in its application of research from the Diana Project, a path-breaking initiative dating from 1999 to study female entrepreneurial success.Contributions from an international cast of authors make this a comprehensive and broadly appealing reference work. Lending a fresh perspective to the field, this book will serve not only as a learning tool and teaching implement but will cultivate further progress in women's entrepreneurship. As such, it is ideally suited for students and scholars of entrepreneurship and women's studies, policy-makers, economic development analysts and gender researchers.