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Women’s Economic Empowerment

Initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment (IWEE)


Worldwide economic empowerment of women is “a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world” as articulated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In the developed world, women lack equal access to the C-suite and Boards, and implicit bias often discourages them from pursuing STEM-related degrees. Globally, women make up the majority of the world’s poor. Research shows that women who are economically empowered contribute more to their families, communities, and national economies, providing a path to sustainable, global development.

In the heart of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem, Santa Clara University is committed to social justice. The Initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment, IWEE, is a joint initiative between the Leavey School of Business and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship that will accelerate economic empowerment of women leaders in Silicon Valley, STEM disciplines, and in the developing world as social entrepreneurs.

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Convening Women

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Mentoring Women

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Connecting Women