The 2020 Porchlight Business Book of the Year is here!

The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment

Linda Scott

Finalist for the 2020 Royal Science Society Book Prize and Longlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year "Linda Scott shines a light on women's essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy--while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women's economic power.

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Book Information

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Publish Date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 9780374142629
ISBN-10: 0374142629
Language: English

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July 20, 2020

A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 03, 2020

These are the 40 books we found represent the year best in one way or another. They help us make sense of the challenges 2020 has presented us with, understand the depths of the existing cracks it has exposed in our society, and offer solutions to solve the many truly monumental challenges we face—together. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 14, 2021

A book rich in feeling and insight, research and solutions, this year’s Porchlight Business Book of the Year is The Double X Economy by Linda Scott, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 14, 2021

As we make plans to rebuild our economy when we get this pandemic under control, we can think of no better way to start than to focus on and invest in all of our people and communities. Focusing on women, and The Double X Economy, might just be the best way to do that. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 17, 2020

Ranging from the nature of work and creativity to the foundations that our communities, business models, and economics are built upon, each of these books resonates strongly with 2020, a year like none other. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 29, 2020

Despite accounting for half the species, half the national income, and half the food supply, women are nevertheless treated as bit players by economists and policy makers. […] The opportunity cost of excluding the Double X Economy is always steep. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Finalist for the 2020 Royal Science Society Book Prize and Longlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year

"Linda Scott shines a light on women's essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy--while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women's economic power." --Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World


A leading thinker's groundbreaking examination of women's economic empowerment.

Linda Scott coined the phrase "Double X Economy" to address the systemic exclusion of women from the world financial order. In The Double X Economy, Scott argues on the strength of hard data and on-the-ground experience that removing those barriers to women's success is a win for everyone, regardless of gender. Scott opens our eyes to the myriad economic injustices that constrain women throughout the world: fathers buying and selling daughters against their will; husbands burning brides whose dowries have been spent; men appropriating women's earnings and widows' land; banks discriminating against women applying for loans; corporations paying women less than men; men treating women as their intellectual inferiors due to primitive notions of female brain development; governments depriving women of affordable childcare; and so much more.

As Scott takes us from the streets of Accra, where sex trafficking is widespread, to American business schools, where women are routinely patronized, the pervasiveness of the Double X Economy becomes glaringly obvious. But Scott believes that this rampant problem can be solved. She proposes concrete actions and urges her readers to rise up and join the global movement for women's economic empowerment that is gaining momentum by the day.

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