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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:
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....
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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