Summary of The Global Gender Gap Report 2018

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The strength of the #MeToo movement and the fact that more women are entering the political arena worldwide suggest that gender inequality is shrinking. Not so, according to the authoritative and insightful 2018 Global Gender Gap Index compiled by the World Economic Forum. Progress has been uneven, with the achievement of near parity in education and health care but with painfully slow advancement in economic and political power. This noteworthy analysis will interest policy experts, activists and executives.

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The World Economic Forum is an independent global organization that engages leaders of business, politics, academia and society to improve the state of the world.



The annual Global Gender Gap Index measures status differences in 149 countries in the crucial areas of “economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.” In 2018, the overall global gender gap stood at 32%, meaning that the sexes are only about two-thirds of the way to parity. At this rate, the gap will likely take 108 years to close. On the bright side, the gender gap has narrowed in 89 nations of the 149 assessed.

At 77.1%, the widest breach occurs in political empowerment, with economic participation...

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