News We’re No. 22
posted by November 27 at 14:15 PMon
In the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap report, which puts us behind Colombia, Croatia, Sri Lanka and pretty much all of Europe. The report uses indicators such as wage equality for similar work, participation in the labor force, political empowerment, and availability paid maternity leave to determine how much of a “gender gap” exists between men and women in 115 nations comprising 90 percent of the world’s population. The good news: Women in the U.S. live longer, are more likely to be literate, and go to school longer, on average, than women in any other nation. The bad news: The US ranks 37th in wage equality, 20th in labor force participation, and 66th in political empowerment, determined by combining the number of women in ministerial positions (14 percent), the number of women in Congress (15 percent) and the number of years the nation has had a female head of state (none). Read the whole thing for yourself here.
Update: Meanwhile, in Canada (No. 14), an awesome new $1.4 million government campaign will target 8- to 14-year-old girls with messages about dating violence, sexual harassment, and building a positive self-image.