Report Focuses on Gender Gaps Around the World

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released the 2006 Global Gender Gap report, which examined 115 countries based on four criteria to determine equality between women and men. In its report, the WEF looked at the female-to-male ratio of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. Nordic countries such as Sweden, Finland, and Iceland were ranked as the most gender-equal countries, while Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Yemen are considered to have the highest rates of inequality among men and women.

The US was ranked 22nd, behind Canada and several European countries. While ranking high in health, economic participation, and economic opportunity, the US ranks 65th in educational attainment. While fewer girls are enrolled in elementary school in the US, women far outnumber men in enrollment at the secondary and tertiary levels. The US was also ranked low in political empowerment, coming in at 66th, due to the fact that only 15 percent of women hold parliamentary positions and there has never been a female president.
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WEF Report 2006

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