Ride-hailing helps women meet complex transportation needs driven by household management responsibilities.

• Women represent a large portion of the existing user base globally, and the majority in Indonesia.

• Women’s ride-hailing usage patterns mirror their diverse transportation needs: they tend to make shorter, more frequent, and more types of trips compared with men. Women are more likely than men to use ride-hailing to go shopping, travel to health services, and visit relatives.

• Ride-hailing helps mothers manage the complexity of traveling with children: 30 percent of women, compared with 22 percent of men, travel with children. Almost two in five mothers (39 percent) surveyed strongly believe that ride-hailing helps them move around with their children. 

6. Ride-hailing increases women’s mobility and sense of independence as riders, helping them reach previously inaccessible places or travel at night. • Women riders are more likely than men to say ride-hailing increases their mobility. Almost a quarter of women surveyed say that ride-hailing increases their sense of independence—compared with 18 percent of men. This figure climbs to over a third of women in India and South Africa.

• Similarly, 24 percent of women surveyed across the six markets identify getting to places not served by public transport as a major benefit of ride-hailing.

• For some women, ride-hailing fills a transportation gap: going out at night is the third most popular use of ridehailing among women globally, and 7 percent of women say they were previously unable to make these trips, rising to 9 percent in Indonesia and 10 percent in South Africa

7. Women riders are affluent—although less so than men riders—and while they value cost transparency, overall expense remains a barrier.

• Cost is a key consideration for women: they tend to spend a higher proportion of disposable income than men on meeting travel needs, especially in emerging markets. Information about the price they will pay when booking is identified as the biggest benefit of using the Uber app by the women riders surveyed—especially in Egypt and India—while men primarily cite the ease of booking through the app.

• Women riders tend to be less affluent than men: 61 percent live in above median income households, compared with 74 percent of men. However, expense emerges as the top barrier preventing all riders from taking more trips. This suggests the least affluent groups may be excluded from standard ride-hailing options