Women are key players in the economies of east and southeast Asia

Publication Date: January 1997

Publisher: East-West Center

Author(s): Sidney B. Westley; Andrew Mason

Research Area: Economics; Population and demographics; Social conditions

Type: Brief

Coverage: Asia


As gender differences in economic activity have diminished, Asian women have played an increasingly important role in economic growth. An international study of six East and Southeast Asian economies sheds light on women's changing marriage and childbearing patterns, educational attainment, and labor-force participation over the past 40 years.