Gender Gap – Why is this still an issue?

Do you ever wonder why we still talk about glass ceilings? Wage and income gaps, women to men, even when controlling for education, geography, etc.? The miserable number and even worse percentage of women CEOs, officers and directors, and partners? I do. It is shameful and inexcusable.

The World Economic Forum – the Davos people, a group also overloaded with men v. women – have taken to conducting and publishing a study of the gender gap, country to country. The 2009 rankings were just released. Factors assessed for rankings include economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

Select findings:

***All factors considered, the US ranks 31, down from 30 last year, within the study’s 130-country cohort.

***Iceland is tops. True, Iceland is broke, but that had to do with currency exchange.

***South Africa, Lesotho, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique, and Sri Lanka rank higher than the US. Sincere congratulations, though this does give one pause about the methodology considering, for example, the incidence of rape in South Africa (something like 1 in 4 women will be raped in her lifetime) and all the goings on in Sri Lanka.

***The gap widened in 2009 for 43 countries; narrowing in 87. This means 33% of all countries have deteriorating conditions for women, but 67% are improving.

The study was released in close proximity with the NYTimes’ article commenting on the appearance of the White House being an old boys’ club. Let me ask again. Why are we still talking about this? And why are women still making apologies it (see article)? LLII.

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