Skip to main content

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO) Made possible through funding form the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Women Setting the Gender Equality Agenda



Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia share how they’re moving gender equity forward.

When we considered what to do for this last episode of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women’s first season, it was hard to think of the right people to interview. Who could really comment on what women are facing in the entire world? Thankfully, we were able to connect with two of the most influential women in the world fighting for global gender equality. They reflect on some of the themes we covered on the podcast and what they’re doing to move these issues forward.

Host Reena Ninan first talks to Melanne Verveer, currently the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Verveer to serve as the first-ever ambassador for global women’s issues in 2009. Before that, Verveer was chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when Clinton was the first lady.

Then, Ninan hears from UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia. UN Women is a part of the United Nations that is dedicated to gender equality and female empowerment. It works with governments, the private sector, and civil society around the world to create better programs and laws for women and girls. Bhatia largely focuses on improving women’s financial reality, so she shares some of her ideas for the best ways to advance women economically.

If you would like to keep in touch with us in the meantime—including sharing ideas of remarkable women we should talk to—feel free to email We hope to be back in your feeds some time soon. The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women is an FP podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO):  Could empowering women in the workplace be the simplest way to boost the global economy moving? Host Reena Ninan talks to women around the world changing the status quo in surprising ways to improve their lives, their families, and ultimately, the world. The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HER♀) is a Foreign Policy podcast supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HER listeners can learn more about these topics by signing up for special access to an FP Analytics policy brief on gender equality. Sign up by clicking here.  See All Episodes


More The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO) episodes:

How Better Data Helped End Child Marriage in Indonesia

A nonprofit’s grassroots data collection successfully pushed for a child marriage ban in Indonesia, a significant step to reduce female poverty.

Why Small Business Owners Have Such a Hard Time Getting Loans

Securing a good loan is challenging for many entrepreneurs, particularly women.

What Works in Microfinance

We explore why some microfinance practices work really well while others fall short.

Other Foreign Policy podcasts:


Foreign Policy Playlist

From Foreign Policy, a curated podcast where each week we introduce you to one podcast from around the world—shows featuring interesting stories or compelling interviews and analysis on international affairs. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom. Join FP’s national security and intelligence reporter Amy Mackinnon for this curated podcast.



Africa Forward

Africa Forward, the latest podcast from FP Studios and Africa50, tackles the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing countries in Africa. With reporting from across the continent, the show examines why the big facilities that transform societies—including roads, energy supplies, and communications—are under-resourced and what Africans and others are doing about it. Africa Forward is hosted by journalists Isha Sesay and Carol Pineau, who both bring years of experience covering and reporting on Africa.


Loading graphics