Progress for working women has stalled, according to The Economist's 2019 glass-ceiling index

Progress for working women has stalled, according to The Economist's 2019 glass-ceiling index

PR Newswire

LONDON, March 8, 2019

The annual index ranks the best and worst OECD countries to be a working woman

LONDON, March 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite growing attention to the gender pay gap, the #MeToo movement and calls to improve opportunities for women in the workplace over the past year, The Economist's 2019 glass-ceiling index (GCI) suggests that progress for women in the workplace has stalled. The GCI is a yearly assessment of where women have the best and worst chances of equal treatment at work in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of mostly rich countries.

The GCI, which combines data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs to create a ranking of 29 OECD countries, shows that the Nordic countries are still the best places to work if you are a woman. The Nordics are particularly good at helping women complete university, secure a job, access senior positions, and take advantage of quality parental-leave systems and flexible work schedules.

Turkey, Japan and South Korea continue to rank as the worst places to be a working woman in The Economist's glass-ceiling index. Societal norms in Asia still expect women to choose between having a family or a career. 

The index does reflect a few bright spots this year, including women in governmental positions of power. Spain's prime minister appointed the first female-majority cabinet since the country returned to a democracy in 1975. More American women than ever were voted into Congress during the 2018 mid-term elections. Theresa May and Angela Merkel still hold their respective countries' highest office, which may inspire more women to run for election.

Highlights of this year's index:

This is the seventh year that The Economist has released its glass-ceiling index. When it was launched in 2013 there were five indicators and 26 countries; today it consists of ten indicators including maternity and paternity leave for 29 OECD countries.

To view the full interactive index, please visit:

The glass-ceiling index 2019   
Best and worst OECD countries to be a working woman
1          Sweden
2          Norway
3          Iceland
4          Finland
5          France
6          Belgium
7          Denmark
8          Portugal
9          Hungary
10         Poland
11         Canada
12         Italy
13         Slovakia
14         Austria
15         Spain
16         Israel
17         Australia
18         New Zealand
19         Ireland
20         United States
21         Germany
22         Greece
23         Czech Republic
24         Britain
25         Netherlands
26         Switzerland
27         Turkey
28         Japan
29         South Korea

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