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

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Feb 23, 2021

Women, Business and the Law 2021

Women, Business and the Law 2021 is the seventh in a series of annual studies measuring the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. Amidst a global pandemic that threatens progress toward gender equality, the report identifies barriers to women’s economic participation and encourages reform of discriminatory laws. This year, the study also includes important findings on government responses to the COVID-19 crisis and pilot research related to childcare and women’s access to justice.

Overview

Women, Business and the Law 2021 is the seventh in a series of studies that analyze laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies.

Eight indicators—structured around women’s interactions with the law as they begin, progress through, and end their careers—align with the economic decisions women make at various stages of their lives. The indicators are Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension.

Data in Women, Business and the Law 2021 are current as of October 1, 2020. The indicators are used to build evidence of the relationship between legal gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship and employment.

By examining the economic decisions women make as they go through different stages of their working lives, as well as the pace of reform over the past two years, Women, Business and the Law makes a contribution to policy discussions about the state of women’s economic opportunities.