The United States rocketed from 31st place to 19th this year in a report that ranks gender equality the world over. This is the first time the U.S. has entered the Global Gender Gap Report's top 20, and this sudden progress mainly comes from economic participation and political empowerment (although, the empty bar graph for "Years with female head of state" is rather depressing). In terms of economic participation and opportunity, we rank sixth in the world. The two other areas considered by the report: educational attainment and health.
The real stars of the report, however, are the four Nordic countries dominating the list: Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Global Gender Gap Report 2010 - Saadia Zahidi video (2:29).