Women effect investing, or gender lens investing, is about learning to see gender in your portfolio as a way of maximising financial and social returns.

We want gender lens investing to become a standard way to view an investment or a portfolio. Twenty years ago socially responsible investing was new; now, using ESG factors in investment is standard. That’s the direction in which gender lens investing is headed. 

This is a new field and it’s evolving; a complete set of tools and approaches for this work has not yet been developed. However, we've put together a 101 starter kit of research, papers and primers for anyone who wants to learn more.

the women effect story

Women Effect was a pilot initiative in 2015/2016, fiscally sponsored by Criterion Institute, which has now come to an end.


Regularly meeting at events helps those moving their capital with a gender lens to accelerate ideas into action. 

Founding Supporters

Founding Friends

Pamela S. Roussos
Fran Seegull
Laurie Spengler
Jackie VanderBrug
Veris Wealth Partners

Eileen Fisher Community Foundation
Eileen Fisher Foundation
Panahpur Foundation
Sari Miller
Alison Pyott
Renewal Partners