Introduction: Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

Many grantmakers have accepted a simple proposition: In virtually all societies, men and women have different social positions. Their different roles and upbringings give men and women different skills, opportunities, and resources — and, usually, different amounts of power. Grantmakers explain that gender differences shape the prospects for effective programs and supporting social change — goals central to much of philanthropy. They explain why they choose to look at their work through a gender lens, their experiences in doing so, and the results they see. They tell how using gender as an analytic tool has transformed public health, international development, juvenile justice, and other fields, enabling those fields to serve people more effectively and contributing to a more just society.

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