"We" (Americans) are near the top of the "get it" list when it comes to providing women equal opportunities to men. Hey, it's what I thought—and I study this stuff. The World Economic Forum begs to differ. Their annual "Global Gender Gap" assessment is based on: (1) educational attainment; (2) economic participation and opportunity; (3) political empowerment; and (4) health and survival. The U.S.A. ranks ... 31st! (Um, down from a lofty 22nd in 2006.) We are indeed well ahead of Chad and Yemen, the two worst at #127 and #128. But, we are behind Sweden (#1), Germany (#7), Cuba (this year's #22), Bulgaria (#25), and Estonia, immediately above us at #30.
Source: Time, 11.26.07