The World Economic Forum released its "Global Gender Gap Report" for 2012 and the U.S.—suprisingly...or not—ranks 22nd in the world in terms of gender equality, down from its ranking of 17th in 2011. Outlined by The Huffington Post, "the report ranks 135 countries (which collectively contain over 90 percent of the world's population) based on 14 indicators used to measure the size of a nation's gender gap in four key areas:
1. Economic participation and opportunity, which includes female labor force participation, wage equality and the percentage of women in high-ranking jobs.
2. Educational attainment, which looks at female literacy and how frequently women are enrolled in higher education.
3. Health and survival, which is measured by comparing female and male life expectancy and mortality rates.
4. Political empowerment, which examines the number of women holding political office as well as the number of female heads of state over the last 50 years."
Here is the list of the top 25 countries from the report, the pdf of which can be downloaded in full HERE.