The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment

The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment

by Linda Scott

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Overview

Winner of the 2020 Porchlight Business Book of the Year Award

One of The Guardian's Best Books of 2020. Finalist for the 2020 Royal Science Society Book Prize
and the 2020 Porchlight Business Book Awards. Longlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year

“Linda Scott shines a light on women’s essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy—while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women’s economic power.” —Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World


A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment

Linda Scott coined the phrase “Double X Economy” to address the systemic exclusion of women from the world financial order. In The Double X Economy, Scott argues on the strength of hard data and on-the-ground experience that removing those barriers to women’s success is a win for everyone, regardless of gender. Scott opens our eyes to the myriad economic injustices that constrain women throughout the world: fathers buying and selling daughters against their will; husbands burning brides whose dowries have been spent; men appropriating women’s earnings and widows’ land; banks discriminating against women applying for loans; corporations paying women less than men; men treating women as their intellectual inferiors due to primitive notions of female brain development; governments depriving women of affordable childcare; and so much more.

As Scott takes us from the streets of Accra, where sex trafficking is widespread, to American business schools, where women are routinely patronized, the pervasiveness of the Double X Economy becomes glaringly obvious. But Scott believes that this rampant problem can be solved. She proposes concrete actions and urges her readers to rise up and join the global movement for women’s economic empowerment that is gaining momentum by the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374142629
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 490,936
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Linda Scott is a professor emeritus of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Oxford and a senior consulting fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. She is the founder of and senior advisor to the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment, and she was named one of the top twenty-five world thinkers of 2015 in Prospect. Scott works with multinational corporations, international agencies like the World Bank, national governments, and global NGOs, designing programs to better include women in the world economy. She lives in Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

1 The Double X Economy 3

2 Behind the Big Data 29

3 Controlled by Necessities 55

4 Inadequate Excuses, Inexcusable Treatment 77

5 For Love, Not Money 99

6 Escape from the Kitchen 121

7 Punishing Motherhood 145

8 Brain Bigots 171

9 The Failure of Equal Pay 189

10 The 80 Percent Christmas 205

11 Money Bullies 219

12 Owning It 243

13 Joining the Global Market 267

14 The Path to Redemption 289

Epilogue Next Steps 293

Notes 307

Selected Bibliography 339

Acknowledgments 343

Index 347

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