Check out I.M.O.W.‘s latest exhibition Economica: Women and the Global Economy.

Economica travels the world and asks, “What difference do women make in the world’s economy?” A series of evocative audio slideshows give the answers by showing women’s experiences from Morocco, China, Egypt, Bolivia, and beyond. These powerful visual stories provide entry points for examining different economic systems and values. Also check out their resources page for podcasts and an awesome book and film list.

Our goal in creating the Economica exhibition is to showcase women’s broad experiences as well as their exceptional expertise. We aim to illuminate what is going on in different corners of the world, why and what can be done to make things better. We want to acknowledge that women are a powerful engine of economic growth, but also help visitors dive beneath the jargon of economics to discover deeper causes and effects and probe how things might be different. Through women’s stories, we pose questions that do not have ready answers and we offer alternatives from those working locally and globally, not only to empower women, but also to transform the economy.

– Masum Momaya, Curator

KEY FACTS AND FIGURES (referenced in Curator’s Statement)

• Women constitute an estimated 70% of the world’s absolute poor, those living on less than $1 a day.(1)
• Women work 2/3 of the world’s working hours, yet earn only 10% of the world’s income.(2)
• Women are responsible for producing 60-80% of the world’s food(3), yet hold only 10% of the world’s wealth and 1% of the world’s land.(4)
• Worldwide, over 60% of people working in family enterprises without pay are women.(5)
• The total value of a woman’s unpaid house and farm work adds 1/3 to the world’s GNP.(6)
• In countries such as Austria, Canada, Thailand, and the United States, over 30% of all businesses are now owned or operated by women. Thailand tops this list with an impressive 40%.(7)
• As of 2006, 53% of worldwide college students were women, despite the fact that girls still only comprise 47% of all primary and secondary school students. However, in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, women comprise fewer than 35% of college students and 44% of primary and secondary students.(8)