Women and girls around the world disproportionately lack equitable access to health care, education, financial services, and social capital, and in many countries face daily threats to their physical safety and security. At the same time, the potential of investing in girls and women has never been clearer: research has consistently shown the positive economic and social outcomes of doing so.
Policymakers and philanthropists increasingly recognize that investing in women and girls yields long-lasting benefits for families, economies, and the planet. For example:
- Data show that if all women obtained a secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving approximately 3 million lives per year.
- If women farmers throughout the developing world had equitable access to land, technology, and seed varieties, agricultural yields could increase by as much as 30 percent per household.
- If women’s participation in the workforce reached parity, up to $12 trillion in GDP would be added to the global economy.
However, grant dollars and current policies are not enough to achieve meaningful change at scale. Philanthropists and investors who work to improve women and girls’ access to resources, health care, education, capital, and leadership have the opportunity to go beyond grant making and use the wide range of increasingly sophisticated tools available to them.