Gallup Poll Reveals Best, Worse Gender Gaps for Working Women - PICTURES

July 24, 2012, 8:05 a.m.

Wo­men in 26 per­cent of the world’s coun­tries are less likely than men to be em­ployed at ca­pa­city, ac­cord­ing to Ju­ly data re­leased by Gal­lup. In this in­stance, “at ca­pa­city” refers to people in the work­force work­ing full-time or part-time for an em­ploy­er, but not seek­ing full-time work.

Gal­lup found gender gaps up to more than 20 per­cent­age points for some coun­tries, while oth­er coun­tries had more wo­men work­ing at ca­pa­city than men.

Ac­cord­ing to Gal­lup, the Em­ployed at Ca­pa­city for an Em­ploy­er In­dex has strong cor­rel­a­tions to the gross do­mest­ic product, house­hold in­come, and well-be­ing. It is not com­par­ing data to the total pop­u­la­tion, but rather to able adults who are work­ing, or avail­able and look­ing for work.

Coun­tries that are most likely to have wo­men work­ing at ca­pa­city for em­ploy­ers in­clude Kuwait, Singa­pore, and Sweden. Coun­tries least likely in­clude Burk­ina Faso, the Cent­ral Afric­an Re­pub­lic, and Guinea. The like­li­hood of hav­ing wo­men work­ing at ca­pa­city of­ten cor­rel­ated to the over­all job cli­mate for the coun­try for both men and wo­men.

Don’t keep your hopes up for the U.S., however. The States boast just a -9 in­dex, with 61 per­cent of wo­men work­ing full-time or part-time (and not want­ing work), com­pared to 70 per­cent of men.

“Wo­men clearly need bet­ter em­ploy­ment op­por­tun­it­ies. So­cial norms in in­di­vidu­al coun­tries may ex­plain many of the gender gaps in em­ploy­ment. However, policies in in­di­vidu­al coun­tries that en­cour­age de­cent job op­por­tun­it­ies for every­one and en­cour­age wo­men to pur­sue high­er edu­ca­tion may help level the play­ing field,” Jenny Mar­lar and Ky­ley McGeeney wrote for Gal­lup.

Be­low, we’ve com­piled a slideshow of the low­est and highest gender gaps in the work­place. High­er neg­at­ive num­bers in­dic­ate wider gender gaps; high­er pos­it­ive num­bers in­dic­ate the re­verse.