The World Economic Forum released its annual report on gender equality this week, and the results are — well, it depends on how you look at it. As in, there’s been progress in closing the gender gap globally, but it is glacially slow.
When the WEF started compiling data and releasing reports in 2006, women’s economic opportunities and participation were at 56 percent of men’s opportunities and participation. They’re now at 60 percent, globally. The US ranks 20th for gender equality overall, with women’s economic participation and opportunity at 86 percent of men’s, estimated earned income roughly equal to men’s, employment in government position at 75 percent of men’s, and wages at about 66percent of men’s for similar. It’s important to note that that figure is not the same as the 76-cents-to-a-dollar figure, which refers to full-time employment only; the WEF’s figure is based on their Executive Opinion Survey. Keep reading »