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International Women’s Day: Taking Stock of Progress

Julia Ross's picture

Since the Bank’s founding in 1944, women have made giant leaps toward gender equality in much of the world.  They’ve entered the workforce in huge numbers, gained the right to vote, improved their education and health status, and served as heads of government. On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we’ve created a timeline to commemorate these milestones and inspire women to continue breaking glass ceilings.

Click on the arrow below to see how far we’ve come.

How Web design can show the forward march of gender in project design

Molly Norris's picture

Fighting poverty means helping women not as an afterthought, but as forethought. Women’s disproportionate share of the poor makes them a special demographic. And we’re targeting them more and more.

Last year, 45 percent of lending operations looked through a gender lens when planning their projects -- up 10 percent from the year before. Project planners ran gender assessments, set aside resources for gender initiatives and broadly incorporated gender into project components.

Enter the Web. Mouse over the infographic below to take a look region-by-region.