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“Linda Scott shines a light on women’s essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy - while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women’s economic power.” (Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World)

A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment.

This program includes an introduction read by the author. 

For the past 15 years, the scholar and activist Linda Scott has played a central role in the rise of the women’s economic empowerment movement. A coalition made up of activists, multinational corporations, global NGOs, and governments, it arose in the mid-2000s in response to new global data sets that revealed sobering conclusions about women in the economy, namely that gender inequality is a global problem and that women’s economic subordination drags down national economies and fosters global crises, from severe poverty to human trafficking.  

In The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment, Scott argues that women’s systematic exclusion from economic participation has created an alternate system that she calls “The Double X Economy”: having suffered from a consistent list of severe and worldwide economic exclusions applied throughout history, women have been shaped into an entirely different economic practice. Yet while the women’s economy, taken as a whole, is restricted and constantly under threat, when empowered it is more careful, cooperative, and focused on long-term outcomes than the economic order under which the world lives now.

Building on the momentum of the female empowerment movements currently mobilizing worldwide, The Double X Economy presents an entirely new conceptual schema for women’s rights based on economic liberty. Accessible and convincing, Scott’s groundbreaking study is an assessment of women’s historic subjugation, a demonstration of how that subjugation has resulted in myriad intractable problems, and a call to action to once and for all place women on an equal footing with men in order to create a better world. 

The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Linda Scott (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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