Ivanka Trump takes lead in global fight to empower women, could boost GDP $7 trillion
“That number represents far more than an economic boom — it represents millions of lives full of promise — mothers who could provide for their children, daughters who could be the first to graduate high school, and young women who could start businesses and become job creators. This is the future we can and must achieve together,” she said at the Global Women’s Forum Dubai and We-Fi MENA Regional Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“A few decades ago, women could not take out a loan without a man or own a credit card in their name. They searched for jobs in the female section of employment listings and made up only 25% of managers in 1980. Today, more American women are leading in every aspect of society. Last year, there were more women than men in the U.S. workforce, with women securing over 70% of new jobs,” she said.
In her efforts, Trump has seen the types of discrimination and belittling that women have faced in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. She is sometimes mocked, especially by the president’s critics, but she brushes off the attacks and sticks to her mission, often winning praise from world leaders who also champion women’s economic empowerment.
“Recently, our White House Economists found that if nations addressed the five legal barriers that W-GDP is focused on reforming — accessing institutions, building credit, owning and managing property, traveling freely, and removing employment restrictions — women’s economic activity could increase annual global GDP by about $7.7 trillion,” she said.