Women, Business and the Law


Women, Business and the Law's biennial report measures global progress toward gender equality in the law. Topic notes and related research provide further analysis of the data.

Mar 29, 2018

Despite Progress, Legal Barriers Remain Widespread

In its 5th edition, Women, Business and the Law introduces for the first time a scoring system to better inform the reform agenda. The report tracks progress made over the past two years and identifies opportunities to ensure economic empowerment for all.


Women, Business and the Law 2018

MARCH 29, 2018

Women continue to face widespread barriers, entrenched in laws, that keep them out of jobs and prevent them from owning businesses. No economy scores perfectly across all 7 topics, revealing that there is room for improvement everywhere.


Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal


Ninety percent of economies have at least one law impeding women's economic opportunity. Gender inequality is associated with fewer girls attending secondary school, fewer women working or running businesses, and a wider gender wage gap.


Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

Gender differences in laws affect both developing and developed economies, and women in all regions. Every geographic region includes economies with unequal rules for women and men.


Women, Business and the Law 2012: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

Economies with greater legal differentiation between men and women continue to have, on average, lower female participation in the formal labor force.


Women, Business and the Law 2010: Measuring Legal Gender Parity

MARCH 17, 2010

Legal systems can perpetuate discrepancies between women and men in the workforce. Though the extent of inequality varies across regions, gender differences in the law are a global phenomenon.