New Study Finds U.S. to Be Average in Gender Gap Incidence

By: Daniel Steingold | May 17, 2016

Gender inequality in the workplace has been long documented with a number of studies reaffirming or disproving popularly-held notions.

A new study from Glassdoor Economic Research, is now making waves. It shows that amongst 18 countries surveyed, the United States ranks as the 8th most equal nation in terms of working conditions and opportunities for females.

It falls behind a number of Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, and Finland come first, second, and third in the rankings, respectively), along with Estonia, France, Portugal, and Denmark.

The U.S. is particularly proficient at allowing females entry into more influential and prestigious positions. It ranked amongst the top countries in allowing women to work in professional and technical positions; to be board members; and to be legislators, senior officials, and managers.

In fact, on the lattermost point, it ranked the highest of any nation.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is deficient in many regards, particularly when it comes to employment rate equality, labor force participation, and hiring individuals with either an abundance or paucity of education. (Think less than a high school diploma or a post-graduate degree.)

Each country studied outside of the U.S. is located in Europe, which seems to have been intentional.

Nevertheless, one of the more surprising findings in the study is how the United Kingdom ranked 11th. The UK is only particularly proficient in allowing women to take on managerial roles.

It is widely believed that the gender gap is narrowing, but many believe there is still work to be done.

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