Countries With the Highest Rates of Working Women

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20. Norway
> Women working or looking for a job: 75.9% (80.0% male)
> Share of women in professional and tech jobs: 52.9%
> Share of women in senior positions: 38.3%

Nordic countries are among the most gender-equal in the world, and Norway is usually at or near the top of that list. The literacy rate is 99% among men and women, and women top men in enrollment in secondary education and far exceed them by 30 percentage points in enrollment in tertiary education.

Norway ranks third in political empowerment out of the 149 countries ranked in the Global Gender Gap Report. Approximately 40% of parliament posts and minister positions are held by women. Gro Harlem Brundtland became Norway’s first female prime minister in 1981, and served as PM two more times.

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19. Ghana
> Women working or looking for a job: 76.3% (80.0% male)
> Share of women in professional and tech jobs: 41.0%
> Share of women in senior positions: 41.8%

While the male and female labor participation rates in Ghana are nearly the same, women still have far less access to financial services, own less land, and have lower annual incomes compared to men. Further, the country has not made meaningful progress in some areas of gender equality. In 2006, Ghana ranked fifth out of 114 countries in economic participation and opportunity; it was 25th out of 149 countries in 2018.

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18. Angola
> Women working or looking for a job: 76.3% (80.1% male)
> Share of women in professional and tech jobs: 34.9%
> Share of women in senior positions: 19.5%

Angola is another African country where the male-female labor participation rates are almost equal, with just over 76% of women working or looking for a job. However, women in Angola have a long way to go in terms of educational attainment and political participation. They also trail men in wages for similar work, earning about 65 cents of every dollar men make.

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17. Denmark
> Women working or looking for a job: 77.3% (82.5% male)
> Share of women in professional and tech jobs: 51.2%
> Share of women in senior positions: 26.9%

Denmark has made significant progress in closing the gender gap in estimated earned income. Both men and women from exceptionally generous government policies, such as public daycare and parental leave of 224 days, which can be split between the parents any way they see fit.

Unlike in many of even the best countries for gender equality, a majority of professional and technology jobs in Denmark are held by women.

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16. Togo
> Women working or looking for a job: 77.5% (80.1% male)
> Share of women in professional and tech jobs: 20.0%
> Share of women in senior positions: 29.8%

The African country of Togo appears on the Global Gender Gap Report index for the first time because of its improved data availability. More than 77% of women in Togo participate in the workforce, less than 3 percentage points below the male rate in the nation of 7.4 million people.

Otherwise, Togo scores on the lower side in various measures of gender equality. Togo is one of the poorer nations in the world, with per capita GDP of just $1,130 a year.