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Countries where political representation of women is highest

  • Countries where political representation of women is highest

    1992 was declared "The Year of the Woman" after an unprecedented number of women candidates were listed on ballots in major federal races. 24 women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Senate tripled the number of women in its chamber. 2018 is shaping up to be another record-breaking year for political representation. More women than ever are running for office, with a record-smashing 256 winning their primaries. The question of whether these women will win their races will only be answered on Election Day this November.

    If they do, it would mark a meaningful improvement to women’s political representation in the United States. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report uses global data to create indices that measure gender equality around the world. Stacker examined the political empowerment index, which compares countries based on the ratio of women to men in their national governments, to rank the top 50 countries where political representation of women is highest.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. does not appear on this list. According to the index, which weighs the ratios of women to men in parliament (31%) and ministerial positions (24.7%) alongside the ratios of how long there’s been a female head of state compared to a male head of state in the last 50 years (44.3%), the United States is ranked #96.

    Read on to discover the countries with the best gender equality in politics. 

    ALSO: Countries where political representation of women is lowest

  • #50. Ethiopia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.223

    Women in parliament: 38.8% (Rank: #17; Female/male ratio: 0.63)

    Women in ministerial positions: 10% (Rank: #109; Female/male ratio: 0.11)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #115 (Score: 0.656)

  • #49. Poland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.23

    Women in parliament: 28% (Rank: #47; Female/male ratio: 0.39)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.7% (Rank: #53; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 3.8 (Rank: #31; Female/male ratio: 0.08)

    Overall gender gap rank: #39 (Score: 0.728)

  • #48. Australia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.232

    Women in parliament: 28.7% (Rank: #45; Female/male ratio: 0.4)

    Women in ministerial positions: 24.1% (Rank: #43; Female/male ratio: 0.32)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 3 (Rank: #35; Female/male ratio: 0.06)

    Overall gender gap rank: #35 (Score: 0.731)

  • #47. Israel

    Political empowerment index score: 0.232

    Women in parliament: 27.5% (Rank: #51; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Women in ministerial positions: 19% (Rank: #73; Female/male ratio: 0.24)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 5.7 (Rank: #22; Female/male ratio: 0.13)

    Overall gender gap rank: #44 (Score: 0.721)

  • #46. Italy

    Political empowerment index score: 0.234

    Women in parliament: 31% (Rank: #41; Female/male ratio: 0.45)

    Women in ministerial positions: 27.8% (Rank: #29; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #82 (Score: 0.692)

  • #45. Liberia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.236

    Women in parliament: 12.3% (Rank: #115; Female/male ratio: 0.14)

    Women in ministerial positions: 15.8% (Rank: #88; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 12.4 (Rank: #9; Female/male ratio: 0.33)

    Overall gender gap rank: #107 (Score: 0.669)

  • #44. Tanzania

    Political empowerment index score: 0.239

    Women in parliament: 36.4% (Rank: #24; Female/male ratio: 0.57)

    Women in ministerial positions: 20% (Rank: #68; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #68 (Score: 0.7)

  • #43. Portugal

    Political empowerment index score: 0.24

    Women in parliament: 34.8% (Rank: #28; Female/male ratio: 0.53)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.2% (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.4 (Rank: #58; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #33 (Score: 0.734)

  • #42. Lithuania

    Political empowerment index score: 0.241

    Women in parliament: 21.3% (Rank: #73; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Women in ministerial positions: 21.4% (Rank: #63; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 8.4 (Rank: #16; Female/male ratio: 0.2)

    Overall gender gap rank: #28 (Score: 0.742)

  • #41. Latvia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.246

    Women in parliament: 16% (Rank: #101; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Women in ministerial positions: 23.1% (Rank: #49; Female/male ratio: 0.3)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 39.9 (Rank: #14; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Overall gender gap rank: #20 (Score: 0.756)

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