When Business Gets Personal: How Laws Affect Women’s Economic Opportunities

12-12-12 marks an auspicious day on which couples are rushing to get married. Globally, many women and men have been waiting for this day to mark as the day they got married. Those who miss it will need to wait 100 years to have another chance like this one again. But depending on where in the world they are, getting married will mean different things for these women, their career and future business opportunities.

In many economies around the world women are legally prevented from conducting basic transactions which are necessary precursors to entrepreneurship and employment. Women, particularly , can be barred from actions such as opening bank accounts, determining where to work or live, and having the ability to move freely. In some economies need their husbands’ permission to carry out such actions.

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