Over the past 50 years, there has been tremendous progress in improving women's legal rights. The challenge now is that some sticky areas persist where laws haven't changed or have even…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier |

At least half the workforce in the developing world is in the informal sector. Informal work is associated with low incomes, high risks, no benefits, and no representative voice. We recently spoke…

Martha Chen |

Madame Ngetsi wanted to start a business in the Democratic Republic of Congo. What was her first step was in making her dreams a reality? Her first stop was to go to her husband to get legal…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Tazeen Hasan |

It's tough enough finding a job these days without worrying about whether you're sufficiently beautiful — or at least better looking than the other applicants. But new research in this…

Claudia Sepúlveda |

In late 2009, Liberia launched the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) project, the first pilot of the World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative. It provides training in…

Dala T. Korkoyah Jr. |

We know there are large gender gaps in labor markets. But how pervasive are they and what can be done about them? At the November 2012 LACEA (Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association) —…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier |