World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The World Economic Forum has just released The Global Gender Gap Report 2013.

"The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps." (Source: WEF, 2013)

Measurements for the calculation of rankings included: health; education; labour; political; and other economic factors.  Canada ranks at #20 in 2013 out of 136 countries, while the United States is at #23.  The top 5 countries are: Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Philippines respectively.  The bottom 3 countries are Chad(134), Pakistan(135), and Yemen (136).  Last year, Canada ranked 21 and ranked its highest of 14 back in 2006.

Please check out the report at the WEF website here.