Access to a bank account is transforming women's lives and boosting economies from Nigeria to Tanzania to Vietnam. Close to a billion women around the world can, if given the chance — and the financial services — contribute to their families' prosperity and their countries' growth.
Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP—yet most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. Two new CFR interactive reports explore barriers and opportunities for women's workforce participation.
Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Jacob Lew, partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and former U.S. secretary of the treasury. Lew previously served as White House chief of staff, director of the office of management and budget, and deputy secretary of state for management and resources.