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Samuel Cohn

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501755903

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501755903.001.0001

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Why Women’s Power Matters

Why Women’s Power Matters

(p.164) Chapter 47 Why Women’s Power Matters
All Societies Die

Samuel Cohn

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies how women's power is one of the fundamental determinants of not only economic growth but also education levels, ecological sustainability, and social peace. Why does women's power produce social and economic benefit? A key consideration is that women who are highly educated or have access to their own sources of income have lower fertility. Women with money and career opportunities are less dependent on their husbands for economic survival and can afford to stand up to argue for their own interests. However, fertility reduction tells part of the story about why empowering women produces social development; there are other considerations at work as well. If women are educated, they become more productive, and the labor force becomes more productive. Women's labor force participation is linked to the presence of industries that employ a lot of women. Women's power also increases the human capital of future generations. Meanwhile, the statistical correlation between female social power and reduced warfare is explained in part by the historical record of women participating in peacekeeping activities.

Keywords:   women's power, women's empowerment, economic growth, ecological sustainability, social peace, fertility reduction, female education, female labor force participation

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