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:
- A slideshow highlighting microfinance in South America.
- An article about the food crisis in Egypt.
- A variety of topics, including business leadership, marriage and money, and family and fertility.
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.
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