Lynn Bennett obtained her PhD from Columbia University (1978). She led a three-year research project on the social and economic status of women in Nepal for USAID, published in the 13-volume series, The Status of Women in Nepal (1981). She joined the World Bank in 1988, serving as Gender Coordinator and then Director for Social Development in the South Asia Region. She led the joint DFID/ World Bank Gender and Social Exclusion Assessment, the summary report of which was published in 2006 as Unequal Citizens: Gender, Caste and Ethnic Exclusion in Nepal. A follow-up to the study was published as Gender and Social Exclusion in Nepal: Update (2013).