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Women in Leadership

(Published in 2018)


  • Peace agreements are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women leaders are engaged and involved in its creation and execution (International Peace Institute, 2015)
  • Countries with a greater proportion of women among top decision-makers in legislatures have lower levels of income inequality (OECD, 2014)
  • Countries with a greater share of women cabinet ministers exhibit greater levels of confidence in the national government (OECD, 2014)
  • Increasing women’s leadership in agriculture and access to resources could increase agricultural yield by 20-30% (FAO, 2011)
  • When women hold more executive leadership positions, their companies are more profitable. Companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform the national average (McKinsey, 2018)
  • When more women leaders hold cabinet positions, there is a trend toward increased spending on public health (OECD, 2014)
  • Women’s leadership within households, including decision-making over land and household income, improves access to education and healthcare for their families (IMF, 2014)

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