has released its 2007 report on the global gender gap.
128 countries are assessed on 4 dimensions: economic, education, political empowerment and health and survival. The United States, still believed by many of its conservative politicians to be the greatest country in the world, has fallen in rank from 23 to 31 over the last year, with its record of political participation particularly noteworthy: it ranks 69th.
The UK is 11th, a fall in rank despite an overall increased score.
While the United Kingdom has fallen in the relative rankings, it shows an increase in its overall score, driven by improvements in the ratio of women to men among technical workers, in the ratio of women’s estimated earned income over men’s estimated earned income and in the ratio of women’s labour force participation ratio versus that of men.
Still, those who think that the demand for equal pay is problematic should know that the UK is in 61st place for equitable pay for similar work. Canada’s health care system leaves women’s health care at a puzzling 51.
The countries’ individual profiles, links to which are available here, are revealing. For example, despite good scores on education and health, the exclusion of women in the economic and political domains leaves Japan at 91. In short, with few exceptions, countries have much to worry about. Not that one is surprised.