Mary Borrowman is a Senior Economist based out of the ICRW-US office, where she works with the advocacy team to serve as a technical adviser for coalition partners and a leader in building, synthesizing, and amplifying the global evidence base on women’s economic empowerment. In her current role at ICRW, Mary’s expertise in gender and economics has also been utilized in curriculum development for a Generation Equality Forum inspired course on gendered economic justice and rights for Apolitical, a brief on gender and trade, writing and advocacy on care work, and in the creation of a methodology for tracking funding flows for women’s economic empowerment.
Mary has explored a wide range of issues related to economic inequality throughout the world from an intersectional feminist lens in her work, research and publications for two decades. Most recently this included updating and teaching a course for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in conjunction with the Rutgers’ Center for Women and Work on gender and inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Prior to joining ICRW, Mary’s work includes the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School on elderly poverty, The Brooks World Poverty Institute: Capturing the Gains Project on trade policy issues related to distribution within global value chains, and the Courant Research Centre at the University of Göttingen on drivers of gendered occupational and sectoral segregation in developing countries. Beyond research and academia, Mary has been committed and involved with advocacy at the community level, particularly LGBTQIA+ advocacy, and was recently honored as an Out in National Security and Foreign Policy 2021 LGBTQIA+ leader.