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Women and Labor Force Participation

In the 20th century, gender inequality still persists. It refers to the disparity between individuals due to gender. The World Bank found that the labor force participation for those women aged between 20-24 and 25-49 are still stagnated although girls' primary and secondary enrollments rose rapidly over 1990–2006.
On the Development Committee Press Conference 2011, Robert Zoellick, the World Bank Group President, also stated that “shareholders agreed with the findings of our World Development Report on Gender that equality between men and women is not only a right in and of itself, but it is also smart economics and essential to overcoming poverty.”

World Bank - IMF Development Committee Press Conference 2011
It is true that equal opportunities for women could reduce current poverty and promote growth by boosting their labor force participation, productivity, and earnings. To do so, more education opportunities provide for girls could improve their well-being and enhance the prospects for the future. However, education is not the only way to change their fate since gender equality is constructed by many factors.

In this project, our group would like to use the Global Gender Gap Report 2010 as a framework to compare the gender inequality in 7 countries: Brazil, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Philippines and Sierra Leone. The report used the Global Gender Gap Index, which is introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. Afterwards, our team could like to do more analyses on the factors affecting the gender gap of labor force participation.