Hurdles and opportunities for women career in startups


  • Manoel Bastos Gomes Neto Universidade Federal do Cariri
  • Lucas Emmanuel Nascimento Silva Universidade Federal do Cariri
  • Rebeca da Rocha Grangeiro Universidade Federal do Cariri
  • Catherine Esnard Université de Poitiers


This qualitative study aims to identify and discuss the obstacles and opportunities for the women who work in leadership positions in startups. Ten women who work at eight startups in Fortaleza-CE were interviewed. The results showed that flexibility on work schedule and on job description, horizontal structure, incentives to hire women, and facility to occupy leadership positions are factors favorable to women career in startups. While negotiating with banks and customers and the difficulty of being heard at work meetings can be considered barriers to the development of women's careers. So, even if startups are less gendered organizations than the traditional ones, women are not immune to discrimination in this context.


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Biografia do Autor

Manoel Bastos Gomes Neto, Universidade Federal do Cariri

Graduando em Administração

Lucas Emmanuel Nascimento Silva, Universidade Federal do Cariri

Graduando em Administração

Rebeca da Rocha Grangeiro, Universidade Federal do Cariri

Mestrado e Doutorado em Psicologia Organizacional e do Trabalho pela Universidade Federal da Bahia. Professora Adjunta da Universidade Federal do Cariri (UFCA), no Centro de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas.

Catherine Esnard, Université de Poitiers

Enseignante-chercheuse en psychologie du travail et psychologie sociale, HDR.