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Our article on the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report 2014 looked briefly at India's position. There's a lot more, of course, and below, we have a few more details on how India fared against the rest of the word on the individual counts that the report covered.
The names of the best performing countries in each category are in green, and the worst performers are in red. India, unless best or worst itself, is in black text.
|Labour force participation||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Wage equality||Survey data||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Estimated earned income||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Legislators, senior officials & managers||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Professional & technical workers||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Literacy rate||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Enrolment in primary education||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Enrolment in secondary education||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Enrolment in tertiary education||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Sex ratio at birth||Male||Female||Rank|
|Healthy life expectancy||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Women in parliament||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Women in ministerial positions||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Years with female head of state||F||M||F:M ratio||Rank|
|Only 49 other countries, of 144, have had a woman head of state in the last 50 years.|
|*WEF has included both Indira Gandhi’s years as Prime Minister and Pratibha Patil’s year’s as President to arrive at this figure. In reply to our email pointing out that head of state and head of government are separate entities in India, a WEF spokesperson replied:
The full Global Gender Gap Report 2104 can be downloaded here.