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The United States ranked lower than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for gender equality

A new report published by the World Economic Forum ranks 153 countries in their progress toward gender parity. The United States? No. 53.

The United States slipped down two places this year to 53rd, while the United Kingdom lost six places, coming 21st.

Among the world’s top 20 leading economies, Germany fared the best, taking 10th place, followed by France at 15th, South Africa at 17th, Canada at 19th, Mexico at 25th, Britain at 21st, Argentina at 30th, Australia at 44th, United States at 53rd, Italy at 76th, Russia at 81st, Indonesia at 85th, Brazil at 92nd, China at 106th, South Korea at 108th, India at 112th, Japan at 121st, Turkey at 130th, and Saudi Arabia at 146th.

The United States continued its decline, slipping two places to 53rd, with the report pointing out that ‘American women still struggle to enter the very top business positions’, and are also ‘under-represented in political leadership roles’.

Nordic countries led the way with Iceland topping the list. Joining Iceland at the top was rest of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Nicaragua came in fifth, followed by New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Rwanda, and Germany.

Syria, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Iraq and finally Yemen showed the biggest overall gender gaps of the countries surveyed.

The Global Gender Gap Index 2020:

1. Iceland
2. Norway
3. Finland
4. Sweden
5. Nicaragua
6. New Zealand
7. Ireland
8. Spain
9. Rwanda
10. Germany
21. United Kingdom
53. United States
144. Oman
145. Lebanon
146. Saudi Arabia
147. Chad
148. Iran
149. Democratic Republic of Congo
150. Syria
151. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
152. Iraq
153. Yemen


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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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