America 's Performance Of The World And Its Future

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--America’s performance in the world and its future Astonishingly, the United States ranked 45 overall, out of 144 countries, in terms of gender equality in the global gender gap report for 2016 (weforum, 2016). Why is this ranking relatively low compared to other developed countries in the world, especially because America is a country that propagates for its equality? Gender inequality’s prevalence in society has been a highly debated issue for a long time. Does America enforce or advocate similar practices to improve gender equality as other countries do? Based on the result, what did countries ranked before the US do differently? Among the four dimensions, America outperformed the vast majority of countries in education attainment;…show more content…
As a result of these improvements, America’s ranking increased from 66 in 2006 to the first in 2016. The literacy ratio now between female and male is approximately 1:1; whereas it is 0.955 in the world. However, women’s representation in the STEM field is still an issue since there were only eight female STEM graduates for every 25 male STEM graduates. Canada and Iceland are another two countries that ranked in the first place in terms of education attainment. The literacy ratio between men and women is also 1:1 in these two countries. Besides, there are more women than men attending tertiary education in Iceland (weforum, 2016). However, America’s performance on economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment were under expectation. America ranked 73 in the political dimension while Iceland ranked first. When looking at the smaller sector, America ranked 82 in the ratio of women in parliament, which is only 0.24 (19 percent women and 81 percent men). This data should not be surprising to most Americans since America has never had a female head of state-ever and just had its first female presidential candidate last year. In general, data show that women hold less than 30% of the major political positions in the United States: 25% of state legislature, 22% in State Senate, 26% in State House,
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