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An urgent analysis of global gender inequality and a passionately argued case for change by a pioneer in the movement for women's economic empowerment.
Women's economic development expert Linda Scott coined the paradigm-shifting concept of the 'double X economy' to describe both the shocking gender inequalities that are built into our global economy, and the collective power of women that could be harnessed to combat those inequalities.
Drawing on a wealth of sources including radical original research and vivid case studies, Scott reveals how economic subordination and exclusion are systemic for women in the developing and the developed worlds; and shows that by pulling women in as equal participants in the economy, we could address many of humankind's most pressing problems.
Provocative, accessible and potentially game-changing, The Double X Economy is the feminist answer to Jeffrey Sach's The End of Poverty: both a work of expert analysis and an urgent call to action.
'A compelling and actionable case for unleashing women’s economic power.' – Melinda Gates
'A pathbreaking contribution! Linda Scott provides powerful evidence on the need for action to end women’s economic exclusion and to positively reshape the economies of the world.' – Michael Kaufman (author of The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution)
'Scott brings a powerful blend of absolute commitment to gender equality, deep expertise in the economic forces at play and unique hands-on experience in countries across the world to The Double X Economy.' – Josh Levs (author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together)
'This book is the practical rallying cry we need to address the most significant challenge of this century and a great resource for anyone fighting for women’s equality.' – Laurie Adams (CEO of Women for Women International)
'Skewers myth upon myth about patriarchy, male dominance, women's historic roles in society. Fascinating.' – Laura Liswood (Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders)
'A precise, eye-opening account ... with [Scott's] suggestions, the future could be brighter for everyone, not just women. – Kirkus
'Feminists, economists, and policy makers should consider this impressive and impassioned account required reading.' – Publishers Weekly