Economic Development & Security

Women contribute actively to economic development and sustainability. Their social status determines their access to opportunities for economic autonomy and advancement. In the US, the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many sectors of the economy. Globally, economic development efforts are doomed to failure without women’s active involvement and participation. More efforts need to focus on empowering women as wage earners, entrepreneurs and business owners. Microfinance programs also offer great potential to lift women out of poverty.

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By Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D.*I joined a distinguished panel of researchers, advocates, and experts at the Yale Club on Thursday, January 19th when I...
This post was originally featured on the Institute for Women's Policy Research Blog on July 19, 2011.  By Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
By Melissa StevensonAt the June 22nd brown bag lunch, “Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” sponsored by Half in...
*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...


  • August 19, 2011

    Christine Bronstein argues that women are making inroads into old-boy business networks, profiling entrepreneurial women and female venture capitalists.

  • July 25, 2011

    Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks, explains where she thinks microfinance has gone wrong, why women should continue to be the focus...

  • May 6, 2011

    This report looks at the impacts of cash transfers (CTs) on gender dynamics both within households and communities. This report was commissioned because of the agencies’ concerns that while CTs, now being used in many different...

  • November 5, 2010

    Daily Beast: Women starting businesses in Afghanistan face many risks in addition to the usual pitfalls of running your own operation--graduates of Goldman Sach's 10,000 Women program shared their experiences at an event in New York City.

  • September 23, 2010

    NPR: "Women right's advocates have made some strides in recent decades. But most of the world's poorest are female, fewer girls than boys attend school and women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. Former Ireland...