It Could Take 170 Years for Women to Earn as Much as Men
Men and women are on track to earning equal pay, but it’s going to be a very, very long track, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum.
The Global Gender Gap Report released this week predicted that pay gap between the genders is expected to close sometime around the year 2186.
The report forecasted that if progress continues at its current pace, it will take 170 years for all of the countries in the world to achieve economic equality between men and women.
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The report also found that gender disparity actually grew over the past year, since the WEF’s previous Global Gender Gap Report. The report measured four areas of disparity in 144 countries around the world: health, education, economy, and politics.
That’s the bad news.
The good news, however, is that a handful of countries have almost closed the gap in all four areas, and many others have made major strides over the past year to narrow the gaps in health and education.
Nordic countries including Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as Iceland, have earned equality in most of the areas, with near-parity between the genders in health, education, and political representation.
In fact, the entire list of countries covered in the report have closed 96% of the gap in health outcomes between women and men and 95% of the gap in educational attainment, and the remaining disparity in education levels for men and women globally could close within 10 years, according to the report.
The lowest-rated countries on the list include Bahrain, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Check out the list of the top 10 countries that have the most gender parity below, and read the full report for a look at how your country measures up on parity in health, education, economic opportunity, and political representation.