NEW YORK — It is now part of the lives of many professional women in the developed world to worry about what to do to improve the lot of their less fortunate sisters.

Often, this is a discussion that focuses on the truly dreadful conditions for women in many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Strip this searing statistic of jargon and it remains stark: Of all the proud Millennium Development Goals proclaimed by the United Nations for 2015, it is the goal that exclusively concerns women — that they die less often in childbirth — that is furthest from realization.

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