Women’s Survival as a Development Problem

Authored by: Amartya Sen

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 1989
Citation: Sen, Amartya. "Women's Survival as a Development Problem." Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 43, no. 2 (1989): 14-29.

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Executive Summary

In seeking an explanation of the survival biases against women in large parts of the world (including China, South Asia, West Asia, and North Africa), we have to combine and connect economic and cultural influences. Analyses based on simple East-West contrasts or on "underdevelopment" do not take us very far. The variables that appear to be important-e.g., female employment or female literacy-combine economic and cultural relevance.