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The Most Important Pro-Worker Policy in the World: Education for Women

2 May

The Most Important Pro-Worker Policy in the World: Education for Women

What policy would do the most to help international workers?

Reasonable people can disagree on an answer to this big question, but I don’t think it’s even close. The most important pro-worker policy in the world is clearly giving women access to better education.

Women drive economic growth — more than China, more than the Internet, and more than banks. In the U.S., the growth of female employment added 2 percentage points per year to GDP growth. In Europe, working women accounted for 25% of the continent’s new wealth in the last 20 years, as I’vereported.

But internationally, there are still 1.5 billion women of prime-age who are not in the “formal global economy,” according to the Women’s Economic Opportunity Index.

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