Or at least it’s not as bad as it is in other countries.
Norway (1) leads the world in closing the gender gap between men and women, according to the overall ranking in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2008.
The Report measures the size of the gender gap in four critical areas of inequality between men and women:
1) Economic participation and opportunity – outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment
2) Educational attainment – outcomes on access to basic and higher-level education
3) Political empowerment – outcomes on representation in decision-making structures
4) Health and survival – outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio
According to the report, Norway has closed over 82% of the gender gap between men and women. In other words, I still can be 18% thankful that I’m a man in Norway.
In regional news, Norway was once again able to stick it to its Nordic neighbors, as Finland, Sweden, and Iceland rounded out the top 4. Denmark lagged behind in 7th. At the other end of the spectrum, Yemen continued its aggressive affirmative action program for men.
My own country improved to 27th this year. Thanks Sarah Palin!