Gender Gap

On Wednesday, the World Economic Forum released the 2008 Global Gender Gap Report – here it is in pdf format.

As reported by The WIP, Time Magazine responded this way to the Report:

It’s not just about equality anymore. A country’s economy, health and productivity increase as its gender gap narrows, according to the authors of this study published by the World Economic Forum, the Swiss non-profit that hosts an annual meeting in Davos of world political and business leaders.

Perhaps it’s a bit sad that the principle of equality on its own won’t make for change.  Not to be overly deterministic, the reality is that most change happens when it’s economically necessary.  I’ve noticed that the economic necessity is referred to more regularly these days when it comes to developing countries.  Maybe something will happen then … other than a steady stream of reports that tell women what we already know.

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