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
  Percent of women in parliament Percent of legislators, senior officials, managers Labor Force participation (F:M Ratio) Wage Equality (F:M ratio) Higher Education Enrollment (F:M Ratio)


2016 rank Overall Score
Australia 29.0 36.7 0.86 0.66 1.40 46 0.721
Canada 26.0 35.8 0.91 0.65 1.34 35 0.731
Denmark 37.0 27.8 0.93 0.73 1.40 19 0.754
France 26.0 39.4 0.90 0.48 1.23 17 0.755
Germany 37.0 30.3 0.88 0.59 0.94 13 0.766
Italy 31.0 25.0 0.74 0.51 1.40 50 0.719
Japan 10.0 11.0 0.78 0.66 0.91 111 0.660
Netherlands 37.0 29.6 0.87 0.68 1.11 16 0.756
Norway 40.0 31.5 0.95 0.81 1.45 3 0.842
Sweden 44.0 34.6 0.95 0.71 1.54 4 0.815
United Kingdom 30.0 34.3 0.87 0.67 1.31 20 0.752
United States 19.0 43.4 0.86 0.65 3.17 45 0.722

See also: Voting


View MDG statistics

Millennium Development Goals Indicators, for 2016

View HDR

All data 2014, except 2010 Japan

View Global Gender Gap report from WEF

All data from 2016, except 2015 Canada

Global Gender Gap rank View Global Gender Gap report from WEF

Three concepts underlie the Global Gender Gap Index: First, the Index measures gaps rather than levels. Second, it uses gaps in outcomes rather than gaps in inputs. Third, it ranks countries according to gender equality rather than women’s empowerment. For details see the Construction of the Index on the website.


"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.

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.