Women Entrepreneurs in Tamilnadu: Problems And Challenges

A. Stalin

Abstract


Woman entrepreneurship in India is a recent phenomenon.  Women in India started entering in to the entrepreneurial world only after the 1970s with the introduction of the Women Decade (1975 to 1985). This phenomenon was visible only among women hailing from the metropolitan cities and state capitals. It took a much longer time to percolate to the other cities and municipalities of nation.  Even now rural women of the state are not showing any interest to alter their ascribed roles out of fear for social backlash and taboo.The spread of education and thereon the awareness developed out of it arehelping urbanwomen to spread their wings in to areas which are hither to the monopolized by men. As an entrepreneur today, they are emerging as potential entrepreneurs and started plunging into different entrepreneurial activities.The entrepreneurial process is though the same for men and women, however; women have to confront many problemsof varying dimensions and magnitudesin practice, which prevent them from realizing their full potential as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship by definition implies being in control of one’s life and activities. It is precisely this independence that societies in the region have denied women.  It is a fact that problems follow women entrepreneurs like a shadow. When a woman has overcome a problem, many more will crop up. The women entrepreneur has to face initial problems i.e. starting problems. She is confronted with more problems when the enterprise is in the running state. She, therefore, has to look after the entire spectrum of problems despite the great limitations under which she functions.

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