Hard Facts not “Feel-Good” Fiction: Society needs Gender Equality

A recent conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School, brought together global political and business leaders and world-class researchers to discuss new data behind the business case for gender equality. It was an opportunity to hear the research of leading academics which had not been presented all together before. Davia Temin, reporting in Forbes on the event, says “overall, the takeaway: We are not crazy. There is irrefutable, verifiable evidence that women in greater than token proportions improve decision-making, improve share holder value and lower risk-taking. It’s not just opinion, and it’s not just desire. It’s not just our American goal of fair play at work. It is fact!” Interestingly the research found that there was a strong link between gender inequity and poverty and that the greater the gender inequity the greater the poverty. By maximising a woman’s income it helps entire households as income transfers to women have a larger positive effect on children than income transfers to men. This data helps governments and organisations determine the balance of power and leadership and how it is rewarded. As Iris Bohnet, professor of public policy and director of the Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy program, who led the conference said “ this is not only a human rights issue, it is a verifiable business imperative for our society’s well-being.”

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