A new report out, ranking the top 25 nations in terms of women’s rights and equality, reveals some startling findings. While women are roughly 50% of the global population, they they are far from representing 50% of opportunities in society. From jobs, to education, the new study outlines which countries are leading the charge on closing the gender gap across the globe.
The 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report measures women’s economic, political, educational, and health equality. Surprising to many in the United States who imagine America to lead the world in everything good and nothing bad, the U.S. ranks at number 23 out of 136 countries globally.
Falling behind many Nordic countries as well as even the often-demonized Nicaragua and Cuba, the U.S. drops to number 17 out of the 49 high-income countries measured – down from number 22 in 2012.
The U.S. further was ranked at number six for “economic participation and opportunity.” It also falls to 33 for “health and survival” and 60 for political empowerment. Now that’s something to talk about over the water cooler on Monday.
(Article by M.B. David)