May 09, 2016

20 Graphs to Celebrate Women’s Progress around the World

By Chelsea German
In honour of a woman’s placement on the U.S. twenty dollar bill, here are exactly twenty graphs exploring the remarkable progress that women have made over the last few decades.

1. Around the word, more girls complete primary and secondary school.womens progress 12. Related to that fact, more girls are literate, and the gender literacy gap is closing.womens progress 23. There are now actually more women than men pursuing tertiary education.womens progress 34. Women are less likely to die in childbirth. Consider the maternal mortality rate in Africa, progressing steadily.womens progress 45. Contributing to that trend, more pregnant women in Africa receive prenatal care and more births are attended by skilled health staff.womens progress 56. Not only are mothers safer, but so are their children. Girls are less likely to die before their fifth birthday, contributing to rising average life expectancy among women.womens progress 67. The end of communist experiments, like the Great Leap Forward, has contributed to the trend of women living longer.womens progress 78. Thanks to a growing food supply, fewer girls under five suffer from hunger and are underweight.womens progress 89. Women’s suicide rates are falling in many wealthy countries. Consider the United Kingdom, for example.womens progress 910. Far fewer women die from cancer in rich countries, including breast cancer. Consider the United States.womens progress 1011. In the United States, domestic violence against women plagues fewer households than in the 1990s.womens progress 1112. The most heinous kind of domestic violence, the murder of an intimate partner, has also become rarer for both female and male victims.womens progress 1213. U.S. police recorded fourteen thousand fewer rapes in 2013 than in 2003, despite population growth.womens progress 1314. In fact, both rapes and sexual assaults against women have become rarer in the United States.womens progress 1415. Some sexist attitudes about violence towards women are also on the decline.womens progress 1516. Women have a greater presence in the world’s parliaments and in ministerial level positions.womens progress 1617. There are more women inventors than before, although they’re still a minority.womens progress 1718. There are also far more female professors in the world’s universities.womens progress 1819. The ratio of women to men in the labour force is approaching parity.womens progress 1920. The gender wage gap, largely the result of divergent career preferences between the genders rather than sexist employers, is narrowing in rich countries.womens progress 20 This piece first appeared in CapX.