A few decades ago, women barely warranted a footnote in discussions about global stability and economic growth. But the 21st Century thrust women to the forefront of these discussions, both as subjects and as participants. Nina Easton, Senior Editor of Fortune magazine and co-chair of the Most Powerful Women Summit, has carefully studied this dramatic change. What is the unfolding role of women in the realm of economic growth and world stability? Which countries and which companies have been the most successful in bringing women into the economic forefront? What do they gain and what do they lose? Is our global future fundamentally different because of this?