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Gender Equity for Work and Pay

How are women faring around the world—and what can the United States learn from other countries?

March 8, 2023

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With its origins in the women’s labor movement more than a century ago, International Women’s Day is a good time to reflect on the progress made toward gender equity in the labor force. And there is good news: Around the world, women today hold more leadership positions than ever before. In some countries—including the United States—their educational attainment is far outpacing men’s, opening the door for more opportunity and influence.

But progress has been uneven. Where are women gaining ground? What is the United States doing well, and where can it learn from other countries?