In his book Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty [my review], Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus argues that one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and overpopulation is to boost the economic status of women. When you empower women — especially poor women — their communities are improved in many subtle ways.

The International Museum of Women has just launched their new global online exhibition, Economica: Women and the Global Economy. Economica features slideshows, interviews, podcasts, and more. Here’s a sample of what’s available:

The exhibition includes lists of books and films that explore the role of women in the global economy. (There’s also a discussion forum, though it’s a little barren at the moment.) Finally, if you’d like to contribute to the Economica exhibition, you can. The Your Voices section allows visitors to share their stories with the community.