Reproductive Choices to Life Chances: New and Existing Evidence on the Impact of Contraception on Women’s Economic Empowerment

December 07, 2017

Researchers from many academic institutions and think tanks have studied the relationship between contraception and women's economic empowerment. In both the developing and developed world, the evidence suggests that access to contraception is not only correlated with but can even cause women’s economic empowerment and drive economic growth.

Research Findings

  • Before and after girls become sexually active, access to contraception allows them to plan for better futures by investing in education.
  • Contraception helps women get into the workforce—and excel in professional fields.
  • By opening opportunities for women, contraception has the power to transform entire economies.

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