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Monday, November 27, 2006

We’re No. 22

posted by on November 27 at 14:15 PM

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.

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But we're still number 1 in sexy Halloween costumes for women!

Posted by Lark Hawk | November 27, 2006 2:32 PM


I’m part of Europe now. Hadn’t you heard?



Posted by Croatia | November 27, 2006 4:05 PM

Yes, but in Canada, the Harper government has also recently slashed funding to early learning plans for children, social programs, and the Status of Women group. They also scrapped a plan for a national child care program shortly after being elected.

Posted by Gloria | November 27, 2006 4:22 PM

yeah, but they won't last long, Gloria.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 27, 2006 5:01 PM

37th in wage equality is pretty weak... thanks for posting this report, erica!

Posted by michelle | November 28, 2006 6:44 PM

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