Women's Leadership in Latin America: The Key to Growth and Sustainable Development

Overview

This report, written by former Chilean Minister Laura Albornoz Pollman, delves into the data, scant as they are, and explores important questions: are quota laws a sustainable tool to yield a greater proportion of women in legislatures; and what are the lessons that can be learned from women who have made it to the upper echelons of both corporate and public life?

Here, we focus on two principal areas where women’s empowerment can achieve transformative change: democratic institutions and corporate offices.

Both policy arenas require a gender perspective that analyzes how Latin American women participate in—and are impacted by—the forces shaping the global economy. With this report, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center seeks to leverage the region’s compelling case studies into a larger dialogue on how governments, corporations, and civil society can maximize recent progress to bring more women into positions of power. It focuses on women’s participation in public office, women in the c-suite, and the case studies of Mexico, Chile, and Bolivia. Concrete steps are then laid out that can be taken by governments, civil society, and the private sector to encourage the growth of female leadership across the Americas.

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Former Chilean Minister of Women's Affairs