The Global Gender Gap Report ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.

With a decade of data, this year’s edition of the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – shows that while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain. Here are some eye-catching facts and figures from the report.

2,600,000,000 – The combined population of the three countries with the lowest female-male ratio at birth: China, Armenia & India




2006 – The year when men’s average pay was the same as women’s today

88% – The amount of the gender gap closed by Iceland, the world’s most gender equal nation

118 – The number of years it will take to close the gender gap entirely

50%More female ministers worldwide than in 2006

24 – The number of countries where the gender gap in education has stagnated or widened since 2006

4% – the amount of the global gender gap that has been closed since the Forum began measuring it in 2006

Author: Oliver Cann, Director, Media Relations, World Economic Forum

Image: A student gestures as she walks out of a school among other students after taking the final test of the national college entrance exams, in Huaibei REUTERS/China Daily