of women (ages 15-64) participate in the labor market vs. 88% of men as of end-2018
No country, community, or economy can achieve its potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys. Failure to fully unleash women’s productive potential represents a major missed opportunity, with significant consequences for individuals, families, and economies. IDA countries face wide gaps in economic opportunity, with women’s labor force participation and job quality consistently trailing those of men. Globally, 53% of women participate in the labor market, compared with 88% of men.