"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Well, I guess this evidence doesn't come as much of a surprise to all you hardworking students. International Women's Day on the 8th of March is a great reminder of how far we have all come and how far we still have to go.
JCU library has many databases which cover aspects of gender equality. Try ProQuest for a start. Two ebooks you may like to view are: Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millennium Development Goal 3? and Women's Issues: International Efforts to Protect Women.