Narrowing the Gender Gap

We are well into the 21st Century now, and women still do not get equal pay compared to men in the same jobs. This is changing, though, slowly but surely.

The 2013 Global Gender Gap Report was released last Fall, but I believe it was under-reported and I would like to discuss it further.

The Report and what it means

The Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006 and is a project of the World Economic Forum. Its goal is to “inspire further research, policy changes and new projects by businesses, governments, civil societies and universities” and to “serve as a call to action to transform the pace of change on a fundamental issue of our time (equal pay).”

The Report’s findings are based off of the Global Gender Gap Index, which provides country rankings based on national gender gaps as they relate to economic, political, education and health criteria.

According to BBC News’ analysis of the Report, “A score of one (or 100%) represents equality; zero (or 0%) represents inequality.”


Map of Overall Gender Gap Courtesy of BBC News
Map of Overall Gender Gap
Courtesy of BBC News


The results are in

All in all, things are looking up. The gender gap is narrowing, and 86 of 113 countries ranked showed improvements.

Here’s a list of the top 10 “most equal” countries:

1. Iceland

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Sweden

5. the Philippines

6. Ireland

7.  New Zealand

8. Denmark

9. Switzerland

10. Nicaragua


You may have noticed that the U.S. is not on that list. In fact, we’re down at #23. Furthermore, no members of the G20 group of major world economies made the top 10 list. No countries from Africa or the Middle East made the top 10 either.

Overall, the world is gradually becoming more equal and the gender pay gap is narrowing, but we still have a long way to go.



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