The IMF is preparing its first strategy to mainstream gender. Mainstreaming gender at the IMF begins with recognizing that many gender disparities are macro-critical and that economic and financial policies can exacerbate or narrow them. In addition to their own intrinsic benefits, improving womens access to opportunities and decision-making roles goes hand-in-hand with higher economic growth, greater economic and financial stability and resilience, and lower inequality. Attention to gender has never been more urgent. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing gaps, disproportionately affecting women.