Resources on the status of women and girls

The data is clear: When we achieve gender equity, the power shifts to those who need it most and results in better outcomes for all. While there is a direct link between the status of women economically, politically and socially and the health of nations, women lag far behind in the U.S. and around the world. 

By the numbers:

There is a huge opportunity to significantly accelerate and advance economic justice, political participation, civic engagement, and leadership.

  • Increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending in ways that benefit children - World Bank
  • Recent estimates suggest that economic gender parity could add $1.75 trillion to the U.S.'s GDP - World Economic Forum
  • Women could increase their incomes globally by up to 76 percent if the employment participation gap and the wage gap between women and men were closed. This is calculated to have a global value of $17 trillion USD - Actionaid
  • Having at least 30 percent of women in leadership positions correlates with an additional 6 percent to a company's net profit margin - Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Strong female leadership generates a return on equity of 10.1 percent per year versus 7.4 percent for those companies without strong female leadership - MSCI Research Inc.
  • For every one year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreased by 9.5 percent - UN Women
  • When 10% more girls go to school, a country's GDP increases on average by 3% - USAID

Deep and pervasive inequities and discrimination of all types persist for women and girls across the globe.

  • In the U.S., 42 million women and 28 million children live on the economic brink - The Shriver Report
  • Globally, women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 percent of men's wages - World Bank
  • When paid and unpaid work are combined, women in developing countries work more than men, with less time for education, leisure, political participation and self-care - UN Women
  • As of June 2016, only 22.8 percent of all national parliamentarians were women - Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • More than 150 countries have at least one law that is discriminatory towards women - World Bank
  • It is estimated that 81% of women and 43% of men in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetimes - Stop Street Harassment
  • 1 in 5 girls in developing countries who enroll in primary school never finish - USAID