International Gender Equality Statistics

Color Coding Key
GREEN Ranked 1st for statistic
RED Ranked last for statistic

This page surveys gender equality by country and focuses on each country's promotion of not only women's rights, but women in positions of power.

  Millinuem Development Goals Human Development Report Global Gender Gap Human Development Report Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  Percent of women in parliament Percent of legislators, senior officials, managers Labor Force participation (F:M Ratio) Wage Equality (F:M ratio) Tertiary Enrollment (F:M Ratio) 2016 rank Gender Empowerment Measure rank Male-Female entrepreneurial difference
Australia 24.7 37 0.86 0.66 1.40 46 25  
Canada 22.1 36 0.91 0.65 1.34* 35 12  
Denmark 38.0 28 0.93 0.73 1.40 19 4 -5
France 18.9 38 0.89 0.47 1.23 17 57 -2
Germany 32.8 37 0.88 0.59 0.94 13 13 -3
Italy 21.3 34 0.74 0.51 1.40 50 80 -3
Japan 11.3 9 0.78 0.66 0.91 111 101 -4
Netherlands 40.7 28 0.87 0.68 1.10 16 11 -7
Norway 39.6 31 0.95 0.81 1.45 3 2 -6
Sweden 45.0 32 0.95 0.71 1.54 4 1 -3
United Kingdom 22.0 34 0.87 0.67 1.31 20 18 -6
United States 16.8 43 0.86 0.65 1.37 45 22 -5

See also: Voting


View MDG statisticsView Graphical Data

Millennium Development Goals Indicators, for 2011

View HDRView Graphical Data

UN Development Programme, Human Development Report 2009,  Table K, page 186.

View Global Gender Gap report from WEF

Global Gender Gap rank View Graphical Data

World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report 2016, which looked at education, economic and political participation, health and survival in 135 countries.

*The tertiary enrollement for Canada was not reported in the 2016 report, so the statistics for that column is from the 2014 report.

View report on the WEF website View Global Gender Gap report from WEF

Labor Force Participation Ratio View Graphical Data

Ratio of female to male labor force participation, for 2014.

Work Equality Ratio View Graphical Data

Ratio of female to male income for 2014.

Tertiary Enrollment Ratio View Graphical Data

Ratio of female to male tertiary education enrollment for 2014.

View HDRView Graphical Data

For 2009.

View GEM reportView Graphical Data

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 Global Report. Report calculates TEA (Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity). Male-female difference deducted from Table 3a. For 2012.


"Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?" Steven Hill

The Nation, March 7, 2014. Notes from author's email newsletter: " The US currently is ranked 98th in the world for women's representation, and getting worse (in 1998 the US was ranked 59th). Research shows that the presence of more female legislators makes a significant difference in terms of the policy that gets passed."

A coalition of advocacy groups on June 15, 2006, sent the Gender Shadow Report to the UN Human Rights Committee on the US only. The report concludes that the US is "one of the least supportive employment environments for women of any developed nation."

"Women in the running," Maya Schenwar

Truthout report,, May 8th, 2008. In 2008 a study by the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) ranked U.S. in 71st place. We could not find IPU report on web.

Teenage Sexual and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries," The Alan Guttmacher Institute

P. 52 (pdf 51). Table 5-1 summarizes family leave policies in 5 countries for before 2000. Sweden is most generous with 56 weeks paid and US the least, with 12 weeks unpaid. Data was too complicated, old, and incomplete to include here.

"Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008," Sedgh, et al., The Alan Guttmacher Institute

January, 2011. After a drop in the abortion rate from 1995-2003, rate has steadied, while unsafe abortions have increased in developing countries. Also, findings reveal that restrictive abortion laws have no effect in maintaining low abortion rates.

Wistat Women's Indicators and Statistics Database

The United Nations Statistics Division has conducted more research on indicator's for women's wellfare and is available for purchase on CD-ROM.

Is Inequality Killig U.S Mothers? Andrea Flynn

Today, more US women die in childbirth and from pregnancy-related causes than at almost any point in the last 25 years. The US is one of only seven countries in the entire world that has experienced an increase in maternal mortality over the past decade.