a list of the most powerful & informative research hubs that we use, because knowledge & education are key to achieving empowerment for women worldwide.



Gender Action Portal: The Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School provides scientific evidence—based on experiments in the field—on the impact of policies, strategies and organizational practices aimed at closing gender gaps in the areas of economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education to help translate research into action and take successful interventions to scale.

The Girl Effect: The Girl Effect is a movement created by the Nike Foundation to challenge people to think differently about the role adolescent girls play in the world. is a website that helps a community of supporters who believe in the potential of girls by equipping them to do the best work with and for girls.



Women in the World: Women in the World is a movement dedicated to advancing women and girls through stories and solutions. Their annual Women in the World Summit was first launched in March 2010 by Tina Brown.

UN Women: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) accelerates the organization's goals on gender equality and women empowerment.

HeforShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. See Emma Watson's He for She UN Speech on gender inequality here.

She-conomy is Stephanie Holland's blog highlighting current marketing trends and statistics for companies to understand and connect with female audiences. This data is critical because 85% of all brand purchases are made by women and just 3% of advertising agency creative directors are women.  


The Third Metric: The Third Metric is Arianna Huffington's initiative to empower women by redefining success beyond money and power. She believes that our current model of success involves burnouts, sleep deprivation, and driving ourselves into the ground, which isn't working.

Huffington Post Women's Empowerment: This is the Women's Empowerment section of Huffington Post with pictures, videos, and breaking news about women and gender equality.

The Shriver Report: Founded by Maria Shriver, The Shriver Report is a groundbreaking series of reports chronicling the status of American women and shifts in American culture affecting women today.

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It: In his harrowing yet deeply inspirational exposé, award-winning journalist David Batstone gives the most up-to-date information available on the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic. Includes profiles of twenty-first century abolitionists like Thailand’s Kru Nam and Peru’s Lucy Borja. Batstone’s Not for Sale is an informative and necessary manifesto for universal freedom. 


Women and Public Policy Program: Headed by Academic Dean Iris Bohnet, the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School is a global leader in gender research, teaching, training, and outreach. Their goal is to close gender gaps in the areas of economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education.

Women's Leadership Board: The Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard Kennedy School is comprised of female leaders from the most senior levels of government, business, academia, and the non-profit sector. WLB utilizes cutting-edge research from the Women and Public Policy Program to promote gender equality initiatives.

The Institute for Inclusive Security: The Institute for Inclusive Security is an organization founded by Swanee Hunt to support policymakers, strengthen women leaders, and build the field for increasing the participation of all stakeholders, particularly women, in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts.

Women's Empowerment Principles: As the result of a collaboration between the UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the Women's Empowerment Principles offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

Women Matter 2: Female leadership, a competitive edge for the future is a report from McKinsey & Company in partnership with the Women's Forum on the critical leadership behaviors companies must utilize in order to give them a competitive edge by employing more women in top management positions. 


Women for Women: Women for Women is a non-profit organization founded by Zainab Salbi with a global mission to help women survivors of war rebuild their lives. 

Women's World Banking: Women's World Banking is a global nonprofit organization devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to build security and prosperity.


Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is a charity that provides women with the skills, technology, and access to capital that they need to become successful growing business owners.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: The 10,000 Women program is a five-year investment to provide underserved female entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education. 



Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Voices of Reconciliation: Portraits of Rwandan survivors and killers of the 1994 genocide by Jeremy Cowart

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: A Film by Gini Reticker


As We Forgive: A Laura Waters Hinson Film Gold Winner, Best Documentary, 2008 Student Academy Awards 

The True Cost is a documentary that explores the global fashion industry and the moral, political, and economic issues for which it is responsible. Watch the trailer and download the movie 


A Second Chance: What Economic Opportunities Mean for Impoverished Women in Rwanda by Rakiya Omaar & Elizabeth Ashamu

A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn 

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich & Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz

Why Women Mean Business by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland features the economic importance of women and the need for policies to allow them to fulfill their potential as employees, consumers and leaders. Comparisons of approaches around the world illustrates that optimizing women's talents is good for women and companies' bottom lines. 

Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of Girl Scouts is a story of the Girl Scouts' history and its leadership and business lessons that can be applied to organizations of every size. What can you or your business learn from the Girl Scouts?