Global Gender Gap

On March 16, 2016, in Corporate, Culture, Ideas, by Charles G

Iceland and most other Nordic countries consistently perform well on the World Economic Forum’s gender-gap index. First published in 2006, the index assesses the gap between men and women in health and education, economic opportunity, and political empowerment in 145 countries. The higher the score on the index the lower the gap between men and women. A country scoring a 1.00 on the index has achieved complete gender equality.

From a global perspective, female talent is still significantly underutilized in politics and in the economy.gender-gap-4-dimensions

In 2015, the top 10 were:

  1. Iceland – 0.881
  2. Norway – 0.850
  3. Finland – 0.850
  4. Sweden – 0.823
  5. Ireland – 0.807
  6. Rwanda – 0.794
  7. Philippines – 0.790
  8. Switzerland – 0.785
  9. Slovenia – 0.784
  10. New Zealand – 0.782

The United States and Canada were ranked 28 and 30 respectively in 2015.

  1. United States – 0.740
  2. Cuba – 0.740
  3. Canada – 0.740