Development is about more than economic growth or reducing poverty; it’s about helping people reach their full potential as citizens, workers and parents. Increased economic opportunity and reproductive choices help women, and their families, thrive. Despite broad recognition of this principle from world leaders, many countries pursue development paths that disadvantage women.
The Hewlett Foundation has made grants to expand women’s opportunities since its founding. We support organizations that expand women’s choices about whether and when to have children and how to earn a living. Our reproductive health and rights grants support organizations overseas and in the United States, while our grants to increase economic opportunities focus on East and West Africa.