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Women and Economic Empowerment Read about what it means for women to lead economically empowered lives in Soroptimist's White Paper: Women & Economic Empowerment

Soroptimist International of the Americas, working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, examines the issue of economic empowerment of women in this white paper. Economic empowerment is the process of women gaining control and freedom over their financial decisions. This power at an individual level positively affects the larger society through a reduction in violence, a gain in education levels and a stronger economy.

However, structural gender inequalities such as gender stereotypes and violence exist that impede the progress of women and their economic empowerment. Putting all women on their path to economic empowerment will call for a quality education for girls and women, a greater value placed on women’s unpaid work and a change in cultural attitudes. This white paper examines the complicated issue of women’s economic empowerment and how women and men benefit from the increase financial capabilities of women. 

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