Each January, leading economists, journalists, corporate executives, and political and opinion leaders gather near the ski slopes of Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. At this year’s forum, Melinda Gates, one of the premier U.S. philanthropists and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, made the case that increasing the number of women in the workplace and expanding economic opportunities to them worldwide will play a major role in battling global poverty over the next 15 years. So reports The Guardian.
The key, as she sees it is educating mothers, who in turn will see that their children are educated. The Gates Foundation’s research cites the potential for better utilization of women in the workplace to grow GDP 12% in Africa and 10% in India.
The panel also made a strong case overall for gender equality in the global work force.