The Economist’s glass-ceiling index is a yearly assessment of places where women have the best and worst changes to get equal treatment at work, in countries part of the OECD.
The 2018 edition of the index shows that the disparity between countries remains high in terms of gender equality in the workplace, but that some progress has been made in the past year.
This year’s report shows increases in the overall share of women in the labour force, with a tertiary education and those taking business school entrance exams – a pipeline for senior executive jobs.
The best place to be a working woman is Sweden, which took over the top ranking from Iceland. The UK fell from 22nd to 25th place, with fewer women attaining higher education. The US went up from 20 to 19.
The countries with the worst environments for working women were South Korea, Japan and Turkey.
The index was launched in 2013 and used five indicators on 26 countries, but the latest editions have used ten indicators and included 29 countries.