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Equality for Women = Prosperity for All
The Disastrous Crisis of Gender Inequality

Authors: Augusto Lopez-Claros, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
Product Code: EWPA
ISBN: 978-1-250-05118-9
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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A groundbreaking book about the direct relationship between a woman's rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country.


Gender discrimination is often seen from a human rights perspective; it is a violation of women’s basic human rights, as embedded in the Universal Declaration, the UN Charter and other such founding documents. Moreover, there is overwhelming evidence that restrictions and various forms of discrimination against women are also bad economics. They undermine the talent pool available to the private sector, they distort power relationships within the family and lead to inefficiencies in the use of resources. They contribute to create an environment in which women, de facto, are second class citizens, with fewer options than men, lower quality jobs, lower pay, often the victims of various forms of violence, literally from the cradle to the grave. They are also not fully politically empowered and have scant presence in the corridors of power, whether as finance ministers, central bank governors, prime ministers or on the boards of leading corporations. Why is gender inequality so pervasive? Where does it come from? Does it have cultural and religious roots? And what are the sorts of policies and values that will deliver a world in which being born a boy or a girl is no longer a measure of the likelihood of developing one’s human potential?


Although the Bahá’í Faith and its teachings are not specifically discussed in this book, the findings presented within are inspired by the Bahá’í belief in the fundamental equality of women and men.


"This is an ideal book for policymakers who need to understand the broader picture of gender inequality and its impact...This book provides insights into the many ways that the oppression of women is tied to economic stagnation and too often shielded from policy interventions by arguments of national or cultural sovereignty." - Stanford Social Innovation Review


"The authors compare the economies of gender-biased nations to those that promote equal rights, demonstrating the profound impact of inequality." - Booklist


"Practical, intelligent, and focused on solutions...combines sound research across several disciplines to prove the simple math of its title and make the pressing case that governments should prioritize gender equality for reasons of economic stability." - Publisher's Weekly


"Not only timely but profoundly important. The book's wide-ranging subjects convincingly make the case how gender inequality has and continues to cost the world too much: from the pandemic of violence against women and girls to religious and culture totalitarianism, it provides statistics and examples from every corner of the globe, it is truly a tour de force for anyone, not just scholars in the field, and a must-read." - Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies, Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK


"This is a timely contribution to a better understanding of the negative economic impacts of gender inequality in society. Based on solid research and current data, the authors speak to the hearts as well as minds to all readers who are determined to find an antidote against this virus and bring an end to an egregious breach of human rights." - Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteurm, Former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

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