The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 has recently been released by the World Economic Forum.
Japan fared badly, falling four spots to 120th out of a total of 136 countries.
In the words of this year's report:
The Global Gender Gap Index introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
Here are the rankings:
7. New Zealand
17. South Africa
18. United Kingdom
23. United States
Japan does badly in the number of female representatives in its parliament and dearth of executives at companies.
The data gathered are true enough, and life in the public sphere and halls of power are heavily biased towards men, and in particular older men.
However, in other hard to measure ways, Japanese women hold great power. In home finances, the neighborhood, shopping decisions, and often at the PTA Japanese women rule.
And on the roads of Japan, Japanese women of all ages are well represented pedaling their bikes.
Still, it comes as no surprise that talented Japanese women often end up at foreign companies, starting their own companies, or working abroad.
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