Germany ranked sixth in world for gender equality

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Germany ranked sixth in world for gender equality
A woman and a man sitting on a pile of coins. Men typically earn around 18 percent more than women in Germany. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-tmn | Andrea Warnecke

Germany did better on gender inequality in 2023 than in 2022, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). But women working in the private sector aren’t seeing the same gains.


Germany improved four spots last year in the WEF’s latest Global Gender Gap Report – moving from tenth place in 2022 to sixth place in 2023.

The Bundesrepublik finished below Iceland, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden in the 146-country ranking – with those countries making up the top five. But Germany did come ahead of the UK in 15th place, Canada in 30th, and the US in 43rd place.

The report ranks countries for equality of economic and educational opportunities, for health coverage, and for political empowerment.

Most of Germany’s gains came as a result of political empowerment, with WEF noting the increase in women in the Bundestag and other politically influential roles.

Where Germany did less well though, was in the area of economic opportunity. WEF noted that when considering only this part of the index, Germany dropped from 75th in 2022 to 88th in 2023.

One of the main reasons for this is a high gender wage gap. Germany came in 102nd place out of the 146 countries when it came to closing the difference between what the average woman makes versus the average man.

In addition, only 29 percent of management positions in Germany are held by women.


Germany took first place in several other sub-rankings though. Those included women in ministerial positions, sex ratios at birth, primary and tertiary education enrolments, equal literacy rates, and having a roughly equal share of men and women in professional or technical roles.

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Useful vocabulary 

Quota for women in certain leadership positions – (die) Frauenquote

Equality – (die) Gerechtigkeit

Wage gap – (der) Lohnunterschied, although German has also imported the English "Gender-pay-gap" when discussing some of these topics, even in German.

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