South Korea ranks 117 out of 142 countries in gender equality

October 28, 2014

First overall is Iceland, followed by Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The US ranks 20th in the report, with an especially high ranking in economic participation and opportunity at fourth in the world.

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South Korea is not making any progress when it comes to gender parity.

South Korea ranks 117 out of 142 countries in gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014 released Tuesday.

The WEF’s overall ranking took into consideration the country’s economic participation and opportunity (124th), educational attainment (103rd), health and survival (74th) and political empowerment (93rd) when it came to gender.

More specifically, South Korea’s lowest rankings emerged when it came to wage quality for similar work (125th), sex ratio at birth (122nd) and enrollment in tertiary education (114th).

Last year, the same report ranked South Korea 111th out of 136 countries; in 2006, the country ranked 92nd out of 115.

According to the report, South Korea has a population of 50.22 million and an overall population sex ratio of 0.99 males per female.

In contrast, the United States ranked an overall 20th in the report, with an especially high ranking in economic participation and opportunity at fourth in the world.

First overall in gender equality was Iceland, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

4 Comments

  1. donald

    October 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    such a low ranking for a country with a woman president?! I noticed that the leadership of the World Economic Forum is majority European males…

    • Seri

      October 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      @donald: The female president in Korea has nothing to do with gender, but with family lineage… the fact that President Park Geun Hye was Park Chung Hee’s daughter. This is also true with India and Pakistan… where these countries are near the bottom with respect to gender equality, also had female presidents.

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