A new study by the World Bank found that when it comes to gender equality, only six countries in the world grant equal rights to men and women — and America isn’t one of them.
The bank started the “Women, Business and the Law 2019” report a decade ago, which measures the legal and economic rights of men and women. Countries with full equality between both genders scored 100, which included Sweden, Luxembourg, Latvia Denmark, Belgium and France.
America received a score of 83.75, tying it with Malawi, Kenya and the Bahamas. Countries that ranked last, scoring below 35, were United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Sudan.
But while only six countries received a perfect score, that’s still higher a number than 2009, where no country met that number. And of the 131 countries studied, 274 laws and regulations have been implemented to increase gender equality over the past decade.
Researchers took a look at the autonomy of women in each country, including “getting paid,” “going to places,” “starting a job,” “having a children” and “getting married.”
While the study was optimistic about the countries’ progress, researchers did note that reforms are lagging in North Africa and the Middle East, reports Yahoo.
According to a recent study, marriage is still the number one way for American women to enter the 1 percent.
“We know that women face a lot of barriers reaching top executive and CEO positions,” Jill Yavorsky, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina and co-author of the study, wrote in a press release. “This study shows that the glass ceiling is more extensive than we previously thought. It extends to nearly all elite positions, even self-employment.”
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