Does Globalization Need a Gender Perspective? — GED Blog

A book abstract of “ The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich” by Victoria Bateman

Finding the relationship between globalization and gender has been an important task for international organizations, economists and policymakers for some years now. Not only are they seeking to understand how gender inequality affects global economic trends but also why, when talking about the winners and losers of globalization, women are often overrepresented in the second group. This, however, has to do with a much bigger problem. One that Victoria Bateman tries to uncover in her latest book “The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich.”

“In almost every are of study, economics overlooks sex, gender and women’s freedom”

“By leaving human reality in the cold, economists have not only over-simplified the world but have limited their ability to understand it”

“Women’s freedom is too often seen as a by-product of growth, rather than as an underlying driver”

“Women’s freedom creates growth”

“Whilst women help growth, growth doesn’t always return the favor”

“Gender equality should never be taken for granted”

Economics needs a gender perspective

The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich. Victoria Bateman. Polity Press. 2019.

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Originally published at on October 31, 2019.

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