News & Insights How does access to water improve equality for women? Around the world, the responsibility and pressure of collecting water, mostly fall on the shoulders of women and girls. Why is that? Nancy Stone, volunteer hydrogeologist and Project Officer for Just a Drop, explains how access to water can improve equality for women: With to safe water closer to home, women can spend their time on more meaningful things, like earning an income, instead of wasting hours each day, walking for water. Some of the women in the communities where we’ve worked have opened hairdressing salons, brick making businesses or became farmers. And with the combined access to safe water, sanitation and menstrual health and hygiene training in schools, girls are able to stay in school, to get the education they deserve. Help us transform the lives of women and girls worldwide With a monthly gift from you, women and girls around the world can gain access to safe water and sanitation, unlocking their potential and giving them the opportunity to flourish.