Summary of Women’s Economic Opportunity 2012

A Global Index and Ranking from the Economist Intelligence Unit


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Women’s Economic Opportunity 2012 summary
After China, where is the next great source of new workers? (Hint: she’s right here.)


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The search for the next big idea in economic growth often overlooks women. Even in countries renowned for economic success, such as Germany, politics often focus more on women’s traditional role in the family than on maximizing their freedom and productivity so they can develop their economic potential. While the Economist Intelligence Unit’s biannual Women’s Economic Opportunity Index may be thin on details from the 128 nations surveyed, getAbstract recommends its clear, smart analysis of global policies and practices related to women in the workforce and the economic trends affecting them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What countries make women key participants in the economy
  • Where women remain excluded
  • Which public policy issues affect women


In the developed world, women’s entry into the workforce during the 20th century helped drive economic growth. It represented a quarter of Europe’s gross domestic product growth since 1995. In the United States, a growing workforce (due to the baby boom and the inclusion of women in the labor force) ...
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