New Zealand best place to be a working woman

It’s not surprising that if you’re a working woman, New Zealand is the place to be.

The Economist compiled a “glass-ceiling index” to show where women have the best chance of equal treatment at work. It compares five indicators across 26 countries: the number of men and women respectively with tertiary education; female labour-force participation; the male-female wage gap; the proportion of women in senior jobs; and net child-care costs relative to the average wage. The first four are given equal weighting, the fifth a lower one, since not all working women have children.

New Zealand

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scores high on all the indicators. Finland does best

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on education; Sweden has the highest female labour-force participation rate, at 78%; and Spain has the smallest wage gap, at 6%. The places not to be are South Korea and Japan.

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