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International Women's Economic Empowerment

Goal: To improve women’s economic opportunities and help them control the money they earn.

Women’s economic opportunities and contributions are increasingly seen as a critical driver of social and economic progress. But we still have much to learn about which policies are most effective in promoting women’s economic progress, or even how to measure it. With that in mind, in 2012 we began giving priority to studying how different policies affect economic opportunities for women.

To that end, we are funding a number of research projects that governments can use to improve their policies that affect women’s economic participation. Our partners seek to estimate the contribution women’s unpaid labor makes to national productivity, for example, or to understand the implications for women of different economic strategies that focus on extractive industries versus those that place priority on export-led manufacturing.