Gender equality is included in 168 international constitutions but not in ours (source, Southern Legal Counsel). Our state department required Afghanistan to add gender equality to their constitution despite it missing in ours.
Every year the World Economic Forum measures gender equality in countries around the world and America recently dropped below the top third.
This decade’s drop in gender equality ranking is less about a devolving situation in America best described as lack of progress / stagnation as other countries have made tremendous efforts and progress. However, with COVID-19 being described as America’s first female recession the gender gap and associated rankings may get worse in the coming years. For more information on how COVID-19 is impacting gender equality, please see our FAQ “COVID-19.”
In 2018, the United States was ranked as the 10th most dangerous country in the world for women. We tied for third with Syria for countries where women most risked sexual violence, harassment and coercion into sex, and sixth regarding non-sexual violence such as domestic and mental abuse (source, Reuters). For more information on gender violence please see our FAQ “Gender Violence.”
The gender equality gap is expected to close (on average, across all countries) in 99.5 years, the gender equality gap in America is not expected to close for 208 years (source, Equality Can’t Wait). Although nobody living today will see gender equality in their lifetime, we can work to ensure constitutional gender equality now.
Political gender parity in the United States is ranked 11th from the bottom for all countries in the Americas and Europe. The U.S. ranked 72 out of 82 countries in total (source, The Council on Foreign Relations). Gate-keeper institutions such as political parties practice explicit and implicit biases that reduce opportunities for women candidates (source, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).
For more information on how the 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) would shore up our international standing and bring us into compliance(!?!) with international treaties we have signed, please review the Equality Now amicus brief filed in the Virginia v Ferriero case.