In this article, in Project Syndicate September 2013, Christine Lagarde says if we increase women’s participation in the workforce, we will see increases in GDP.

“The potential gains from a larger female workforce are striking. In Egypt, for example, if the number of female workers were raised to the same level as that of men, the country’s GDP could grow by 34%. In the United Arab Emirates, GDP would expand by 12%, in Japan by 9%, and in the United States by 5%. According to a recent Booz&Co study based on data from the International Labor Organization, of the 865 million women worldwide who could contribute more fully to their economies, 812 million live in emerging and developing countries.”

Read more at How to increase women’s participation in the workforce, by Christine Lagarde.