This book analyses advances in women's economic engagement and empowerment in rural and urban Bangladesh. It concludes that
despite notable improvement, women's economic choices and control remain limited. Female labor force participation rose 10
percentage points between 2003 and 2016, and the gender wage gap shrank; societal attitudes toward women's land ownership
are evolving; and women's financial inclusion and entrepreneurship rates are improving. Women's labor force participation
still is less than half that of men, however. Women are confined to a narrower range of occupations - in mostly informal sector
jobs - and are still less likely to own land than men. The financial gender gap remains stubbornly large. Women from ethnic
and religious minorities face 'double' discrimination on several of these fronts. Stakeholders need to address foundational
societal and market barriers, such as sexual and other forms of harassment, mobility constraints, high transactional costs,
and lack of formal childcare, while developing accurate gender - disaggregated data to track progress. Despite achieving Millennium
Development Goal Target 1 to halve poverty between 1990 and 2015, Bangladesh remains one of the world's poorer countries.
Improvements in engaging and empowering women economically - particularly disadvantaged women - is a clear next step in growing
the Bangladeshi economy and maintaining progress in poverty reduction and inclusive development. This book provides recommendations
and good practices on how to do so.