Mar 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

U.S. ranks below developed countries average for working women

Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Norway take the top spots as the best countries for working women, according to The Economist's latest glass-ceiling index released on Thursday.

Details: The U.S. ranked at No. 18 out of 29, earning less than the average overall score of 60. Sweden came in at No. 1 with more than 80 points.

  • The U.S. received low marks as the only country in the ranking that does not offer paid leave for mothers.
  • It also had a low score in political representation, with women holding only 27.5% of seats in the House of Representatives.
  • The country placed in the top 5 countries with the highest gender wage gap — women earn 18.5% less than men

But, but, but: The U.S. had higher scores for women in management and on company boards— women hold 40.7% of managerial positions and 28.2% of board seats.

  • It also scored above average in women taking GMAT exams— 37.6% are taken by women.

Context: The glass-ceiling index is a report released by The Economist that ranks conditions for working women across 29 countries.

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