About Us

We have evolved from a start-up charged with building a gender data revolution, to an alliance with strong institutional partnerships.
Read on to learn more about us and our history.

Meet Data2X

Data2X is a collaborative technical and advocacy program working through partnerships to improve the availability, quality, and use of gender data to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Through our research, advocacy, and communications, we build the case and mobilize action for gender data to make it central in global efforts to achieve gender equality. Additionally, we strengthen the production and use of gender data by working with data producers and users to ensure that data collection methods are unbiased, policy-relevant, and gender-sensitive.

We believe these are necessary steps toward building a more gender equal world. Want to learn more?
Visit our What We Do page.

Our History

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the creation of Data2X in July 2012 at a policy speech in Washington, D.C.

Highlighting the way advances in computing power were rapidly reshaping our world, and our reliance on data for everyday decision-making, she noted:

We keep statistics on everything we care about, from RBIs to ROI, the daily ups and downs of the Dow and our bank accounts. So if we’re serious about narrowing the gender gap and helping more girls and women, then we must get serious about gathering and analyzing the data that tell the tale.

She went on to highlight the lack of reliable and regular data on basic facts about the lives of women and girls:

…facts like when they have their first child, how many hours of paid and unpaid work they do, whether they own the land they farm. And since women make up half the population, that’s like having a black hole at the center of our data-driven universe.

Data 2X announcement in New York, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Data 2X announcement in New York, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

With support from Secretary Clinton and her team at the State Department, along with start-up funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a small team at the United Nations Foundation took up the challenge to elevate and explain the issue of gender data gaps and how to close them.

Over the first two years, Data2X mapped missing gender data and established institutional partnerships to address some of the most pernicious gaps. These initial partnerships were announced in December 2014, at an event hosted by Secretary Clinton, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, and UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, and focused on the areas of women’s economic participation, women’s financial inclusion, civil registration and vital statistics, and gender and big data.

As we’ve continued our work to keep gender data on the global stage, we have been gratified to see this agenda gain momentum.

Our work is made possible through funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an institutional home base at the United Nations Foundation, a committed Advisory Board, and a passionate team.

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