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International's Women Day - Taking Stock

9 Mar 2015, 18:46 UTC
International's Women Day - Taking Stock
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Not us, nor our daughters, nor our granddaughters, but perhaps our great, great granddaughters, 80 years from now, will come of age in a world with global gender equality, according to projections by the World Economic Forum. There's much to debate about those projections, but in tribute to International Women’s Day, I thought our readers might appreciate a compilation of country comparisons – where does your country stand today with respect to gender equity?The Global Gender Gap Index from the World Economic Forum provides an interactive infographic tracking the index since 2006. The darker the color, the more gender equitable the country. Clicking on a particular country brings up additional statistics, as shown for the U.S. below. In all gender equity rankings, the U.S. fails in particular in terms of political empowerment. We have made small gains on this front in recent years; for example, increasing the number of women in the House and the Senate. Country's like Sweden, Canada, Rwanda (yes!), France, and others provide effective models for progress for women's participation in politics. The more detailed gender equality index (GEI) breaks down into subcategories: work, knowledge, time, power, health, and money and provides additional insight. The figure below ...

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