Many countries have made significant progress toward gender equality in education. Girls today outperform boys in some areas of education and are less likely to drop out of school. But women are also less likely to work for pay than are men, and they continue to earn less. Furthermore, they are less likely to make it to the top of the career ladder and are more likely to spend their final years in poverty.
A new reportfromtheOrganizationforEconomicCooperationandDevelopment (OECD) on closing the gender gap argues that greater gender equality
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
This paper highlights that one of the most dramatic developments in the 20th century was the entry of women into economic and political spheres previously occupied almost exclusively by men. Although women are making progress in eliminating gender disparities, they still lag men in the workplace and in the halls of government. These gaps are found throughout the world, but are particularly pronounced in developing economies. So far, the greatest success has been in reducing education and health disparities and the least in increasing women’s economic and political influence.