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Equality for Women = Prosperity for All

Equality for Women = Prosperity for All

The Disastrous Global Crisis of Gender Inequality

Augusto Lopez-Claros and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

St. Martin's Press

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A groundbreaking book about the direct relationship between a woman's rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country.

"The authors speak to hearts as well as minds." —Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur

“Not only timely but profoundly important—a must-read." Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal studies

Gender discrimination is often seen from a human rights perspective; it is a violation of women’s basic human rights, as embedded in the Universal Declaration, the UN Charter and other such founding documents. Moreover, there is overwhelming evidence that restrictions and various forms of discrimination against women are also bad economics. They undermine the talent pool available to the private sector, they distort power relationships within the family and lead to inefficiencies in the use of resources. They contribute to create an environment in which women, de facto, are second class citizens, with fewer options than men, lower quality jobs, lower pay, often the victims of various forms of violence, literally from the cradle to the grave. They are also not fully politically empowered and have scant presence in the corridors of power, whether as finance ministers, central bank governors, prime ministers or on the boards of leading corporations. Why is gender inequality so pervasive? Where does it come from? Does it have cultural and religious roots? And what are the sorts of policies and values that will deliver a world in which being born a boy … More…

A groundbreaking book about the direct relationship between a woman's rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country.

"The authors speak to hearts as well as minds." —Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur

“Not only timely but profoundly important—a must-read." Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal studies

Gender discrimination is often seen from a human rights perspective; it is a violation of women’s basic human rights, as embedded in the Universal Declaration, the UN Charter and other such founding documents. Moreover, there is overwhelming evidence that restrictions and various forms of discrimination against women are also bad economics. They undermine the talent pool available to the private sector, they distort power relationships within the family and lead to inefficiencies in the use of resources. They contribute to create an environment in which women, de facto, are second class citizens, with fewer options than men, lower quality jobs, lower pay, often the victims of various forms of violence, literally from the cradle to the grave. They are also not fully politically empowered and have scant presence in the corridors of power, whether as finance ministers, central bank governors, prime ministers or on the boards of leading corporations. Why is gender inequality so pervasive? Where does it come from? Does it have cultural and religious roots? And what are the sorts of policies and values that will deliver a world in which being born a boy or a girl is no longer a measure of the likelihood of developing one’s human potential?

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THE PEOPLE PROBLEM


Numbers tell us, quietly, a terrible story of inequality and neglect.

—AMARTYA SEN

When we see extremely skewed demographics, we have very good reason to suspect that something...

Praise for Equality for Women = Prosperity for All

"This is an ideal book for policymakers who need to understand the broader picture of gender inequality and its impact...This book provides insights into the many ways that the oppression of women is tied to economic stagnation and too often shielded from policy interventions by arguments of national or cultural sovereignty." —Stanford Social Innovation Review

"The authors compare the economies of gender-biased nations to those that promote equal rights, demonstrating the profound impact of inequality." —Booklist

"Practical, intelligent, and focused on solutions...combines sound research across several disciplines to prove the simple math of its title and make the pressing case that governments should prioritize gender equality for reasons of economic stability." —Publisher's Weekly

"Impressive in scope...inspiring." —Kirkus Reviews

"A refreshing look at gender inequality. This book promises to be a major contribution to our understanding of a shamefully dark and endemic problem." —Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Chair, The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women
Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"Not only timely but profoundly important. The book's wide-ranging subjects convincingly make the case how gender inequality has and continues to cost the world too much: from the pandemic of violence against women and girls to religious and culture totalitarianism, it provides statistics and examples from ev… More…

"This is an ideal book for policymakers who need to understand the broader picture of gender inequality and its impact...This book provides insights into the many ways that the oppression of women is tied to economic stagnation and too often shielded from policy interventions by arguments of national or cultural sovereignty." —Stanford Social Innovation Review

"The authors compare the economies of gender-biased nations to those that promote equal rights, demonstrating the profound impact of inequality." —Booklist

"Practical, intelligent, and focused on solutions...combines sound research across several disciplines to prove the simple math of its title and make the pressing case that governments should prioritize gender equality for reasons of economic stability." —Publisher's Weekly

"Impressive in scope...inspiring." —Kirkus Reviews

"A refreshing look at gender inequality. This book promises to be a major contribution to our understanding of a shamefully dark and endemic problem." —Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Chair, The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women
Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"Not only timely but profoundly important. The book's wide-ranging subjects convincingly make the case how gender inequality has and continues to cost the world too much: from the pandemic of violence against women and girls to religious and culture totalitarianism, it provides statistics and examples from every corner of the globe, it is truly a tour de force for anyone, not just scholars in the field, and a must-read." —Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies, Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

"A compelling and often disturbing read by two authors well read in other social sciences, religion and history—and with a fluid command of the pen. The chapter on violence against women is gripping and disturbing, its commonality amply documented. Do not overlook the chapter on culture, with its argument that incentives are what matter, and its thorough rejection of doctrinal beliefs as legitimate “cultural” traditions—a message for the Taliban and the Pope as well." —Nancy Birdaall, founding President of the Center for Global Development and former executive vice-president of the Inter-American Development Bank

"This is a timely contribution to a better understanding of the negative economic impacts of gender inequality in society. Based on solid research and current data, the authors speak to the hearts as well as minds to all readers who are determined to find an antidote against this virus and bring an end to an egregious breach of human rights."Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteurm, Former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

"This book on the economic dimensions of gender inequality is full of insights on different cultures, on their selectivity in relation to women’s rights and on the terrible consequences of gender inequality which result across the world. It is a thought-provoking analysis of how such inequality impacts every aspect of politics and society, whether at home, in the workplace, within particular countries or internationally. The authors argue that gender inequality is not just a moral concern but has a major economic impact as well. They point out that if Governments regulate other aspects of business, perhaps they should be obliged to regulate on the grounds of gender too."Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover, Member of the House of Lords, Former Minister in the Department for International Development, UK

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Augusto Lopez-Claros and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

AUGUSTO LOPEZ-CLAROS is currently a Senior Fellow at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and was previously the Director of Global Indicators at the World Bank and Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He has lectured in recent years at some of the world’s leading universities and think-tanks.

BAHIYYIH NAKHJAVANI is an Iranian writer with a multicultural background. An award-winning author of Us & Them, a novel about the Iranian diaspora, The Woman Who Read Too Much and The Saddlebag, an international bestseller, she now lives and works in France.

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