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A Look at the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report Predictions
If a picture's worth a thousand words, how many is a GIF?
The GIF above was inspired by a video published by Elle Magazine in 2015 showing how underrepresented women are in positions of power. In fairness, that photo of Queen Elizabeth II was actually taken a decade ago at the G20 London summit in 2009. Let's look at 2019's G20 delegation instead:
Oh... Never mind.
It's no surprise then that the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report reveals that women lag the furthest behind when it comes to measures of political empowerment and economic participation and opportunity.
The report analyzes data from 149 countries across four dimensions of gender equality:
- Economic participation and opportunity: labor-force rates, earned-income ratios for women and men, and gender ratios in legislative, managerial, and professional work
- Educational attainment: women's and men's access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education
- Health and survival: sex ratio at birth (to account for countries where male children are strongly preferred) and the difference in men's and women's life expectancies
- Political empowerment: gender ratios in ministerial and parliamentary positions, and the ratio of years that women and men have served as presidents or prime ministers in the last half century
To help make sense of the data, the Harvard Business Review recently published The Gender Gap in 6 Charts. The charts highlight areas where we're making progress on gender equality and where there's more work still to do, as well as how progress varies by region. Two of the charts (shown below) have pretty interesting implications for those of us living in the U.S....
The good news?
Globally, the gap is slightly closer now to being closed than it was in 2006.
The bad news?
Progress towards gender parity in North America has actually slowed down, and the U.S. isn't expected to reach gender parity for another 208 years! This is particularly bad news for those of us whose "American Dream" included raising children in a country with true gender equality.
While North America ranks second in terms of the percentage of the gender gap that is currently closed...
...It's expected to take over 150 years for North America to reach full gender parity.
If you want to raise your children in a country where they'll see gender parity within their lifetime (or if you want to see it yourself!), there are 15 countries currently on track to reach gender parity within the next 50 years, including France (22 years) and Iceland (23 years). Another 35 countries are expected to reach parity within a hundred years.
That said, the Report also predicts that Saudi Arabia—in spite of currently being ranked 141st in the Report—will reach parity in 76 years. (Compared to 208 years for the U.S.)
So don't consider these predictions an exact science — they're based on rates of change, and countries that are further behind, like Saudi Arabia, are able to make more drastic improvements than countries like the United States.
What do you think: Time to head to France? Or does the U.S. show more promise than the World Economic Forum predicts? Tell us in the comments. And be sure to check out the full report and the rest of the HBR charts here.
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For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
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Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.