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This podcast was recorded on March 19, 2015. 

Valerie HudsonValerie Hudson

For a long time, foreign policy was largely "a world minus women," says Valerie Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. That's beginning to change, as policymakers increasingly recognize gender as a critical factor in the success or failure of programs. What's missing, says Hudson, is hard data. That's where WomanStats comes in.

WomanStats is a large, open-access database of information on the status of woman in 175 nations around the world. In this week's podcast, Hudson, a lead researcher on the project, explains how the security of women relates to the security of nations and why the WomanStats data is crucial for better foreign policy.

The map below and more information can be found on the WomanStats website

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