Why women and girls?

Investing in women is a proven strategy that produces exponential returns for families, communities, and nations worldwide. Nations with gender-inclusive policies and more women in leadership positions realize increased prosperity and well-being across all sectors. Still, despite progress on women's rights in many countries and in the U.S., investments in women lag far behind in almost all countries in the world.

Now is the time to have a critical discussion on women's rights, equality, and the power dynamics of gender.  

There has been remarkable energy over the past year to confront some of these issues. Nearly 5 million marchers around the world gathered for the Women's March on January 21, 2017. The #MeToo movement has flooded the public consciousness, fueled by millions of women around the world raising their voices to say: I, too, have been sexually harassed. Still, women and girls have disproportionately less formal power than their male counterparts, and issues of economic opportunity, political representation, and sexual harassment persist. These issues are exacerbated for women of color, from lower socioeconomic classes, and non-heterosexual women. 

The goal of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls is to confront and change this narrative. Find more facts and stats on the status of women and girls globally and in the U.S. in our resources