Equality within Our Lifetimes: How Laws and Policies Can Close—or Widen—Gender Gaps in Economies Worldwide
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Well into the twenty-first century, achieving gender equality in the economy remains unfinished business. Worldwide, women’s employment, income, and leadership opportunities lag men’s. Building and using a one-of-a-kind database that covers 193 countries, this book systematically analyzes how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in adopting evidence-based solutions to close the gaps. Spanning topics including girls’ education, employment discrimination of all kinds, sexual harassment, and caregiving needs across the life course, the authors bring the findings to life through global maps, stories of laws’ impact in courts and beyond, and case studies of making change. A powerful call to action, Equality within Our Lifetimes reveals how gender equality is both feasible and urgently needed to address some of the greatest challenges of our generation.
About the Author
Jody Heymann is Founding Director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center; Distinguished Professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, School of Public Health, and School of Medicine; and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Aleta Sprague is Senior Legal Analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and an attorney with over a decade of experience working on social policy and inequality.
Amy Raub is Principal Research Analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and an economist with two decades of experience working on discrimination and inequality.
Praise for Equality within Our Lifetimes: How Laws and Policies Can Close—or Widen—Gender Gaps in Economies Worldwide
"This volume is an essential contribution to the analysis of women’s economic equality around the world and the steps required to move closer to that important objective."
— Population and Development Review