Amb. Cathy Russell and Lael Brainard: Economic Growth Depends on Participation of Women

Women are critical to the economic success of their countries. A McKinsey report in 2016 estimated that closing the world's gender gap in workforce participation would add $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025. That amounts to about a quarter of the world's current GDP and almost half of the world's current debt. Yet progress on the full economic participation of women is slow. What steps should countries and the private sector take to expand women's economic participation?