Summary of The Global Gender Gap Report 2014

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While the gender gap has been narrowing for some time in areas such as health care and education, opportunities for women in business and politics remain much more limited. This World Economic Forum report reveals some noteworthy trends in gender equality, but a few real-world examples and anecdotes would have brightened a somewhat dull, statistically driven narrative. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends it to economists, business leaders and others interested in the connection between closing the gender gap and achieving economic gains.

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While no country has reached complete equality between men and women – as measured by a number of variables within the four classifications of “economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment” – a study of 142 nations shows that they have closed nearly 96% of the gap in health outcomes and 94% of the gap in education. Nevertheless, progress remains slow in economic participation and political empowerment: Only 60% of the economic gap and 21% of the political gap has narrowed.

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