In today’s time, women around the world won’t live to see a system that offers them all of the same work opportunities as their male counterparts, according to a new study.
In its annual equality study released Tuesday, the World Economic Forum estimated it would take 257 years for the economic gender gap to close. That was a sharp rise from an estimate of 202 years in 2018.
According to Business Insider, the WEF estimated it would take 99.5 years for the overall gender gap to close. The US came in 53rd place for gender equality. Iceland ranked the highest in the survey for an 11th year, followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Nicaragua.
The wider economic gap appeared to be driven by low numbers of women in managerial or leadership positions, wage stagnation, income levels, and labor force participation, reported by Business Insider.
The vice president of product strategy at LinkedIn, Allen Blue who worked on the analysis with the WEF, said that “Our data shows that meaningful action is needed to build the systems and talent pipelines required to close the gender gap in tech and ensure women have an equal role in building the future.”
The researchers analyzed the health, educational, professional and political conditions of 153 countries.