(Forbes) The Global Gender Gap Is Closing, But The U.S. Is Still Failing Its Women

 

In looking at the ranking of the world’s 20 best countries for women, as measured annually by the World Economic Forum, one nation seems glaringly absent. Here’s an obvious hint: it bleeds red, white and blue.

Look below Nicaragua and South Africa and the Philippines, below Lesotho, Latvia and Cuba, and you’ll find America at No. 22 on the list of 135 nations the WEF says are closing the gender gap around the world.

What’s even more concerning that we fall behind much smaller and economically weaker nations in three out of four major metrics (health and wellness, educational attainment, political empowerment and economic participation)? The fact that the U.S. has actually fallen in the rankings over the past three years.

The Global Gender Gap Index has been used since 2006 as a tool to capture gender-based disparities and track their progress on a country-by-country and global scale. By measuring national gender gaps in economic, political, health and educational metrics, the ranking allows for fair comparisons of nations from varying regions and income groups—but more importantly, how those nations have changed in recent years. The goal of the WEF’s annual efforts? To put global gender disparity on display, in hopes that public awareness and pressure narrows them over time.

 

Read more:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/10/24/the-global-gender-gap-is-closing-but-the-u-s-is-still-failing-its-women/

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