Our workplaces will achieve full gender equality by 2095
The idea that men and women aren’t equal at work isn’t just an observation — it’s a statistical fact. Since 2006, the World Economic Forum has been conducting the Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender-based gaps in 142 countries across several different categories: health and survival, educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity, and political empowerment. According to the 2014 report, we’re at 60 percent equality now, which is a marked improvement from past reports but still shows we’ve got a ways to go before women workers are truly equal to men.
While the first two categories barely have any gap at all anymore, the latter two have humongous differences that will take decades to even begin to close. The Forum predicts that, if upward trends stay the same, the working world won’t be fully equal until 2095. Since most of us will be retired or dead by then, the best current advice is to stick to countries that are currently the most balanced. As of 2014, the Nordic countries — Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark — own the top five. The United States, meanwhile, places 20th in gender equality. As for where not to go? Yemen isn’t just dead last — it’s placed dead last literally every year the WEF has published its report. At least they’ll get their act together by century’s end.