The WEF’s study also examined political power, health and survival, and access to education to measure women’s status in each country, and found that Iceland had the highest overall gender equity. The country ranked number one in terms of political involvement of women—and was one of just 17 countries that have female heads of state—but was not included in the top 10 countries with the smallest wage gaps, ranking at number 17.

Nicaragua and Norway followed Iceland in the political power rankings.

“On the other end of the spectrum, almost one-quarter of the countries assessed have closed less than 10 percent of their gender gap” in politics, the WEF reported. “The four worst-performing countries—Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and Yemen—have yet to bridge over 97 percent of their gap.”

“The world still has a long way to go” in terms of political and economic empowerment of women, the report added. Just 34 percent of management and senior official positions are held by women around the world, while an average of “just 18 percent of ministers and 24 percent of parliamentarians globally are women.”

The United States ranked 19th on the index of economic participation and opportunity and 98th in terms of women’s political involvement.

The inequality like the kind seen in the U.S. political system and in workplaces and governments around the world has real consequences for the well-being of the world’s communities, the report found.

“The equal contribution of women and men in this process of deep economic and societal transformation is critical,” Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the WEF, told the Guardian. “More than ever, societies cannot afford to lose out on the skills, ideas, and perspectives of half of humanity.”

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