The Women & Economy Project

The Women & Economy Project

Economic empowerment of women - their capacity to participate in and contribute to the economy in order to reap the benefits of economic freedom and power - is vital to achieving gender equality. Women’s economic empowerment strengthens women’s rights and grants them increased control over their lives, their families and their societies. Further, women’s increased participation in the economy brings universal benefits, and research shows that the money women earn is invested back into their families.

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security has undertaken the Women & Economy Project to fill critical research gaps and develop actionable recommendations for increasing women’s economic empowerment, recognizing the integral link between economic participation, peace and security.

Programs

International Council on Women's Business Leadership

The International Council on Women’s Business Leadership (ICWBL) was formed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to serve the United States Government in a solely advisory capacity concerning major issues in international business and economic policy, including the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy. 

Now housed at the Institute, the ICWBL's mission is to catalyze economic growth and inclusive prosperity through women’s economic participation. The ICWBL investigates critical gaps in women’s employment, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities, identifies best practices, explores potential synergies in programs and initiatives, convenes leaders and innovators, and celebrates success. 

The ICWBL's areas of interest include (but are not limited to) access to finance, markets, networks, mentorship, capacity building, and technology, as well as women’s economic participation in fragile states. The ICWBL's four working groups include: Access to Capital, Technology, Branding Women's Role in the Economy, and Leadership. 

Click here for a List of Members and follow us on Twitter at @ICWBL.

Research

Private Sector Landscape Analysis of Nigeria: Empowering Women and Girls through Partnerships

The GIWPS Women & Economy Project and Accenture Federal Services partnered to produce a study examining the private sector initiatives that support women and girls in Nigeria. The report, Private Sector Analysis of Nigeria: Empowering Women and Girls through Partnerships, also includes recommendations for collaborating that will help strengthen individual programs.

The report highlights corporate social responsibility and development initiatives on health, education, and women and girls’ empowerment at eight multinational corporations in Nigeria:  Chevron, The Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Intel, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble. Opportunities for potential collaborations among these corporations are identified in the report, which also details ways to pool resources to increase overall outcome effectiveness, and scale business-driven solutions to address social issues.

Occasional Paper Series Volume I: Women's Economic Participation in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Settings

Resulting from the December 2015 convening of the Institute's Bridging Theory and Practice Series and as part of the Women & Economy Project, the Institute released the inaugural volume of the new Occasional Paper Series. Through the Series, the Institute will explore the critical and unique ways women contribute to and participate in a multitude of activities under its larger research framework. The inaugural volume of the Occasional Paper Series focuses on women's economic participation in conflict-affected and fragile settings, and includes papers by Dr. Ann Hudock, Karen Sherman, and Sarah Williamson. 

Women, Millennials and the Future Workplace

Bank of America Fellow on Women and the Economy Tricia Correia is leading a study on the way millennials are shaping gender equality in the workplace. Through qualitative interviews and quantitative survey analysis, this project seeks to identify differences in perceptions and preferences between generations and genders at work and at home. Further, this project seeks to determine if the cultural, societal, and educational shifts that resulted in the millennial generation are working toward economic gender equality, and if so, in which aspects. The goal is to identify innovative and unique practices and policies that benefit millennials, women, businesses, and economies simultaneously, and present recommendations based on these insights to business and political leaders. 

Fellowships

Bank of America Fellowship on Women and the Economy

The Bank of America Fellowship on Women and the Economy supports a recent graduate of Georgetown University in their pursuit of research that grows a body of scholarship and furthers the collective understanding of women's experiences, roles and impact relative to economic empowerment. The goal of the fellowship is to further research and understanding on key issues related to women’s economic participation by closing critical knowledge gaps on subjects such as increasing women’s access to finance and capital, designing and implementing effective family and parental leave policies, increasing the success of microfinance initiatives, supporting and training women entrepreneurs and understanding the role men play in empowering women economically. Our inaugural Bank of America Fellow on Women and the Economy is Tricia Correia.

Angelica Fuentes Foundation Fellowship on Women's Economic Empowerment

This fellowship, established in partnership with the Angelica Fuentes Foundation, provides a unique opportunity to a graduate student to conduct innovative research and fieldwork, and produce an evidence-based and policy-oriented report. The theme of the 2015 fellowship is women's economic participation in Latin America as a vehicle for gender equality and economic growth. The 2015 Angelica Fuentes Fellow on Women's Economic Empowerment is Claire Charamnac.