Women’s Economic Power

When the odds were against her, Dr. Stellah Bosire overcame every barrier imaginable. Today, she pays it forward to her community in Kibera, Kenya to ensure that women have access to the health care they need, while forging paths for women entrepreneurs along the way.

Greater Than the Sum

The “Greater Than the Sum” series highlights stories of women leveraging their economic power to create exponential impact in their own lives and the lives of those in their communities. In each episode, we peek into the lives of women who share their interests, their aspirations, the challenges they face, and demonstrate just how important women’s power is. This story series reveals how women’s ability to thrive, especially in the economy, requires that systems are designed to support them.

When women are able to fully pursue economic opportunities and make decisions over their own lives, their families, communities and countries will be stronger and more resilient. But nothing is more powerful than hearing from women themselves. Featuring the stories of five passionate women from around the world, this series brings you along their journeys of breaking the status quo while also opening doors for other women to claim their own economic power.

What does Women’s Economic Power mean?

Directing resources towards women’s economic power and health lays the foundation for long-term resilience, inclusive growth, and improved well-being for individuals and communities worldwide.

Promoting women’s financial inclusion by closing the gender financing gap could add US$1.1 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

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Dr. Stellah Bosire, centered, walks with members of the group Feminists for Peace, Rights and Justice Center in Kibera, Kenya.

Supporting women’s health is the key to advancing women’s economic power

No country can grow more prosperous or healthier while leaving behind half of its population. Marie Ba tells us what’s at stake if countries do not address the women’s health gap.
By Marie Ba Director, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit
Suman Ben prepares her daughter, Angel, for her day at the creche. Suman has been able to gain an additional income for her family by being able to work since her youngest is taken care of in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on October 27, 2021. The burden of childcare often falls upon women, creating gender-based inequality as women are often forced to leave the workforce to care for children. This has an impact on economic recovery for families, regions, and countries. In Ahmedabad, India, local women came together to create Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a collective of women and their children, which includes a childcare solution: the creche. Here, women are able to leave their children while they pursue work opportunities. They’ve also created their own job opportunities as some mothers are also creche staff.

Economic empowerment is not enough. Women need economic power.

Lessons learned from a career fighting for gender equality.
By Raania Rizvi Senior Program Officer, Women’s Livelihood Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Women Change the Game

Women Change the Game

The WTA Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are teaming up to mobilize greater resources, visibility, and leadership for women’s health and nutrition worldwide.

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A young girl receives the HPV vaccine during the first phase of a country-wide HPV Vaccination Campaign targeting school-age girls between 9 and 14 years old in Lagos State, Nigeria, on November 1, 2023.

Wave of New Commitments Marks Historic Step Towards the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

New country, policy and program commitments, plus nearly US$600 million in new funding, at first-ever global forum offer a chance to save hundreds of thousands of lives by 2030.
A community health volunteer, Mesaid, conducts meets with an expectant mother, Chizi, in Mariakani, Kenya.

Melinda French Gates on how leaders can boost women’s economic power

The case for doing so has never been stronger, argues the philanthropist.
By Melinda French Gates Co-chair, Board Member, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Nakanyike Annet waits with her baby Natasha Kwagala, 3 months, for immunizations at the Nakaseke General Hospital in Nakaseke District, Uganda, on September 8, 2023.

Global Alliance for Women’s Health

It’s proven: Closing the women’s health gap will allow more women to live healthier, higher-quality lives and boost the global economy by US$1 trillion—every year. Learn more from the Global Alliance for Women’s Health to reshape the future of women’s health.

Meet the Global Alliance for Women’s Health