It's no secret that men and women are often treated unequally in many countries around the world. In fact, some would argue that in no country is there perfect gender equity.

That being said, some countries do a far better job than others when it comes to treating women on par with men. According to the World Economic Forum report on the Global Gender Gap, gender equality confers a variety of benefits-to the countries and the businesses that provide it. "Some of the most compelling findings regarding the benefits of gender equality are emerging from companies. For example, companies that include more women at the top levels of leadership tend to outperform those that don't."

The World Economic Forum's ranking considers four key factors: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. While I wasn't surprised to see the five Scandinavian countries dominate the top 5, I was surprised to see some less-developed countries like Nicaragua and Rwanda in the top 10. The United States barely made the top 25 with a ranking of #20, while the U.K. ranked #26 on the list.

Here then are the top 25 countries for equality for women-is your country on the list?

1. Iceland

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Sweden

5. Denmark

6. Nicaragua

7. Rwanda

8. Ireland

9. Philippines

10. Belgium

11. Switzerland

12. Germany

13. New Zealand

14. Netherlands

15. Latvia

16. France

17. Burundi

18. South Africa

19. Canada

20. United States

21. Ecuador

22. Bulgaria

23. Slovenia

24. Australia

25. Moldova

Published on: Jul 24, 2015
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