Investing in Women

A discussion on the economic benefits of investing in women with Sandra Lawson, Dina Powell and Lisa Shalett

Investing in Women

Ninety percent of income that women gain is reinvested into society, into educating their children, into healthcare programs…It's a very interesting moment in this issue of investing in women and in women's empowerment globally.

- Dina Powell

There are very few topics in economics where people are in agreement over what should be done and the benefits of doing it, and this is really the only one that I have seen. So much so that people now say let's stop talking about the benefits of investing in women. Let's just do it and let's figure out how to do it well.

- Sandra Lawson 

About the Participants

  • Dina Powell

    Dina Powell

    Managing Director, president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and global head of Corporate Engagement

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  • Sandra Lawson

    Sandra Lawson

    Managing Director, Senior Global Economist, Global Markets Institute, Global Investment Research Division

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  • Lisa Shalett

    Lisa Shalett

    Managing Director, global head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy

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Highlights from Women Hold Up Half the Sky

  • Education is key to gender equality. Educating girls and women leads to higher wages; a greater likelihood of working outside the home; lower fertility; reduced maternal and child mortality; and better health and education.
  • At the macroeconomic level, female education is a key source of support for long-term economic growth. It has been linked to higher productivity; higher returns to investment; higher agricultural yields; and a more favorable demographic structure.
  • Especially in emerging economies, greater investments in female education could yield a ‘growth premium’ that raises trend GDP growth. Narrowing the gender gap in employment—which is one potential consequence of expanded female education—could push income per capita in emerging markets as much as 14% higher than our baseline projections by 2020, and as much as 20% higher by 2030.