Lourdes Benería is Professor Emerita at Cornell University, where she taught from 1987 to 2010 and was Director of the Gender and Global Change Program and of the Latin American Studies Program. An economist, her work has concentrated on development issues—especially in Latin America—and on labor markets, women’s work and globalization. She has worked with several international organizations, including the ILO, UNDP, and UNIFEM (now UNWomen), and she is a former president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is the author of such books as Gender, Development, and Globalization and Changing Employment Patterns and the Informalization of Jobs: General Trends and Gender Dimensions. She holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University.