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By Minyvonne Burke
It will take more than 200 years for women and men worldwide to achieve economic equality, according to the annual Global Gender Gap Report was published on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum.
The report found that the economic gap, which consists of pay, participation and advancement, has been marginally closed since the 201
Women still earn about 20 percent, on average, less than men, the results of the International Labor Organization (19659007).
One factor that holds back women is the fact that they are under-represented in senior positions.
"Women still face significant obstacles in the workplace The report states that it will take 202 years for the economic gap to close.
The United States ranks 19th in economic terms between 149 countries Women and men are behind Iceland, Norway and Finland, but ahead of Germany, France and Denmark.
The countries with the greatest economic equality are smaller countries: Laos is the number one and Barbados the number two.
In The report also looked at gender gaps in other areas (including health, education and policy) and found that the gap between all sectors was slightly closed this year.
The United States has gender equality as a whole in 51st place. Iceland was ranked number 1 for the tenth year in a row and Yemen destroyed in the war was the last one.
The area with the largest gap between men and women is in politics, the report says.
"Only 23% of the population The political gap that has not changed since last year has been closed, and no country has yet fully closed the gaps in political empowerment," states the report, in which the number of political offices of Women and men was compared.