Monday, November 27, 2006
Study on Closing the Gender Gap
The World Economic Forum just released the results of its 2006 study on countries and the progress made by various countries in closing the gender gap in several areas: educational achievement, political empowerment, health and survival, and economic participation and opportunity. Out of 115 countries compared, the U.S. (ranked 22 overall) did very well in the area of health and survival, and in the area of economic participation and opportunity (ranking 1 and 3, respectively). Unfortunately, the U.S. did not fare quite so well in closing the gender gap in political empowerment (ranked 66) or educational achievement (ranked 65). More evidence that Title IX (among other forces) may have helped girls and women close the gender gap in education to some extent, but there's still work to be done.