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The countries with the biggest education gap between men and women

The countries with the biggest education gap between men and women

Countries around the world have made a lot of progress over the last decade in closing the gap in primary school education between girls and boys: According to a recent report by the Gates and Clinton foundations, there are now 96 girls in primary school for every 100 boys around the world. But a big gap still exists at the secondary school level and beyond, with far fewer women than men attending and finishing high school and college.

The graphic above, a portion of a fascinating new interactive series by Ri Liu, a data visualizer based in Melbourne, shows the percentage of men (in blue) and women (in green) that attended secondary school in a given country since 1990. Liu uses data from the United Nations Development Program’s 2014 Human Development Report.

Above are the worst offenders, ranked by the size of the gap between men and women in percentage points. Togo, where only 45 percent of men and 15 percent of women attended secondary school in 2013, ranks first, followed by Afghanistan, Pakistan, Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Liberia, Nepal, Turkey and Iraq. The best countries by this measure are Luxembourg, Finland, Estonia, Canada, Austria and the United Kingdom, where 100 percent of boys and girls attended secondary school in 2013, according to the UN data.

Liu has also graphed the male/female gap in parliamentary representation, income levels and labor force participation, which you can see on her site.

Republished courtesy of Ri Liu.

Ana Swanson | March 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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