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Five ways organizations and funders can advance women’s leadership in global health 

This underrepresentation of women in senior leadership positions has real consequences for the sector. Evidence suggests that when women are in positions with influence and decision-making power, the resulting decisions produce outcomes that are more favorable to girls and women, and advance gender equality over the medium-term. And, under the right circumstances, gender-diverse governance bodies make decisions that are better for organizational health, effectiveness, and profitability. 
By: Brian Bell, Bethanie Thomas

Why is Interest in Economic Mobility Growing in the U.S.?

Economic mobility goes to the heart of the founding ideals of the US – a country that has long portrayed itself as a bastion of economic opportunity. As the accuracy of that narrative comes under collective scrutiny, efforts to advance economic mobility in the US have grown. Initially drawn to the general attractiveness of economic mobility as a social impact issue, many of the stakeholders in this space have been compelled to take action on economic mobility in the face of three longstanding trends: persistently high poverty rates, new evidence of declining economic mobility, and unsustainable levels of wealth concentration. Each of these trends currently limits the prospects of lower- and middle-income individuals and communities ascending the economic ladder. Each trend also allows for a range of stakeholders to engage, by addressing the trends that are most relevant to their unique strategies.
By: Marc Allen, Joseph Zhang