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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 29 November 2019


More than 1,200 participants from around the world gathered for the Global Gender Summit last week. The high-level gathering explored ways to accelerate progress on gender equality. This week’s most interesting stories showcase gender-themed accomplishments, such as Africa leading the world in women board members – and how much more we have to achieve. Your Must Reads, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


1. Africa leads the world in women board members. Read more about the new report from McKinsey Global Institute. (Bloomberg via Finance & Commerce)

2. We are more than 200 years away from true gender parity at work. Three steps to advance gender equality in 2020. (Forbes)

3. How to recruit more women to your company. LinkedIn undertook several studies around gender and work – what they learned may surprise you. (Harvard Business Review)

4. Multilateral development banks and partners raise the Global Gender Summit bar, in Rwanda. Your round up of key highlights from the gathering. (DevDiscourse)

5. Development and finance leaders call for dispelling myths about women being too “high risk” for financing. More financial services available for businesswomen could close the gender finance gap. (Ghana News Agency)

6. Can friendships between men and women at work promote gender equality? Examining the power of “male allyship.” (Quartz)

7. Meet the leftish economist with a new view on capitalism. Mariana Mazzucato wants liberals to talk less about the redistribution of wealth and more about its creation. (New York Times)

8. Global protests denounce violence against women. Words and photo essay marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (Al Jazeera)

9. Progressive gender views may protect health of financially dependent men. Get an allostatic load of this. (

10. How climate change exacerbates gender inequality across the globe. Data from 25 case studies in 11 Asian and African countries document how climate change is influencing women’s status. (Time)

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