The best place to be a working woman

This Tuesday, 8 March, is the United Nations’ International Women’s Day, with the theme ‘Pledge for Parity’.

The best place to be a working woman

To help throw a spotlight on gender disparity in the workplace, the Economist has published their “glass-ceiling index”, which helps to show where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. The ‘glass ceiling’ data includes information on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs.

Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland top the chart. In these four countries, women form a similar percentage of the workforce as men. Finland has the largest percentage of women who have completed higher education compared with men (49% of women have a tertiary degree in Finland, and 35% of men). Hungary (in 5th place) has the lowest gender wage-gap (3.8%), a fifth of the OECD average (15.5%).

Top Ten Countries To Be A Working Woman

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Finland
  5. Hungary
  6. Poland
  7. France
  8. Denmark
  9. New Zealand
  10. Belgium

(the UK was 25th, the USA 20th)

Progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already “glacial pace” of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

The best place to be a working woman

The idea of ‘Pledge for Parity’ is that together, by making public pledges, we can collectively help women all over the world make advancements in all aspects of their lives so that their potential is reflected in their numbers, and so that they “realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over”.Pledge for ParityHere’s how to get involved in the United Nations’ International Women’s Day