Both The Economist and The Daily Beast offered up visualisations of gender equality data this week. On Tuesday The Economist’s Daily chart showed the relationship between democracy and gender equality. There’s a strong correlation – generally, the more robust a country’s democratic institutions, the more equal the sexes are. Interesting outliers include Singapore, which is relatively gender-equal despite being less democratic than most wealthy countries, and India, which is more democratic than Singapore but one of the least gender-equal countries.
The Daily Beast’s version is an interactive map of the twenty best and twenty worst countries in the world for being a woman. Countries are scored on Justice, Health, Education, Economic and Power criteria, and there are little blurbs for a lot of the countries, e.g. the US: “Compared with Europe, the US has poor family-leave policies and reproductive-health services. But in school, girls are soaring.” The UK does substantially worse than the US, only just making it into the top 20 – below, for example, the former Yugoslavia and the Philippines. The UK does particularly badly on Power – reflecting I presume the low number of women in Parliament. As you might expect, the five Nordic countries are all in the top seven, broken up only by Canada and Switzerland.