The Third Billion

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as employees, employers, producers, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of the billion-plus populations in both China and India. But its members have not yet attracted the attention they deserve. China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, and this group of the same size, this “third billion,” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations.

Empowering the Third Billion

Empowering the Third Billion

Countries that take steps to empower women as employees and entrepreneurs can reap social and economic benefits.

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Third Billion index rankings

Third Billion index rankings

PwC’s Strategy& created the Third Billion index, a ranking of 128 countries worldwide that is based on how effectively leaders are empowering women as economic agents in the marketplace.

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The impact of the Third Billion

The potential impact of nearly 1 billion women entering the global labor force will be as significant as the impact of the billion-plus populations of either China or India.

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