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How Empowered Women Changed the World

Funded by: Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates writes: “It’s a myth that saving lives leads to overpopulation.  Bill and I wrote about three myths that block progress for the poor in our Annual Letter. Going back at least to Thomas Malthus, an 18th-century British scholar, people have worried about doomsday scenarios in which food supply can’t keep up with population growth.

The fact is that a laissez faire approach to development—letting children die now so they don’t starve later—doesn’t actually work, thank goodness. It may be counterintuitive, but the countries with the most death have among the fastest growing populations in the world. This is because the women in these countries tend to have the most births, too.” See the full slideshow.