Women in the work­force

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In­clu­sion into the work­force is an im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ter when mea­sur­ing the ad­vance­ment of women. To mark In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day on Tues­day, The Econ­o­mist up­dated its so-called glass-ceil­ing in­dex. It aims to show which coun­tries that are mem­bers of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) of­fer women the best chances of equal treat­ment at the work place.

The chart shows the over­all rank­ing in 29 of the 34 OECD coun­tries, with all pa­ram­e­ters set on an equal level, among them higher education, labour-force par­tic­i­pa­tion, pay, child­care costs, ma­ter­nity rights, busi­ness-school ap­pli­ca­tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in se­nior jobs. This year’s in­dex for the first time also takes paid leave for fa­thers into ac­count, as this can also help women in their pur­suit of a ca­reer.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, it’s the Nordic coun­tries that hold the up­per po­si­tions: Ice­land, Nor­way, Swe­den and Fin­land come out on top. East­ern Euro­pean coun­tries such as Poland and Hun­gary fare sur­pris­ingly well, maybe as a re­sult of their so­cial­ist past, and sur­pass big­ger coun­tries and economies like France and Ger­many. The United States and Great Bri­tain fare less well with lower than OECD av­er­age re­sults. (Source: Statista)

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