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Women, Business and the Law


Use the resources here to take action on gender equality today, and check back regularly for updates.



Gendered Laws and Women in the Workforce

This paper uses the World Bank’s newly constructed Women, Business and the Law 50-year database to provide the first global look at how gender discrimination by the law affects women’s economic opportunity and chart the evolution of legal inequalities over five decades.


Discriminatory Laws Against Women: A Survey of Literature

This working paper reviews the empirical literature on the impact of gender discriminatory laws on women’s outcomes across various domains constituting Women, Business and the Law’s measure of gender inequality.


Saving for Old Age

Differences women face in their working lives relative to men can result in unequal economic outcomes in retirement. This case study examines the gender gap in access to pensions.

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Research & Publications

Understanding gender inequality and sharing knowledge of its effects.


Topic Notes

Researching the relationship between gender equality and economic growth.


Economy Snapshots

Download economy snapshots containing data by indicator, areas of improvement, and scores.



Accessing free and open global data for 190 economies.


Presentations & Webinars

Using global findings to increase awareness and advocate for change.