Gender Gap Report 2009
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Gender Gap Report 2009 - The U.S. in a lowly 31st position.
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The United States, which prides itself on civil rights progress during the past half century, fell four spots from last year to stand at 31st place behind Lithuania and ahead of Namibia, according to the World Economic Forum, a nonprofit group based in Switzerland.
Melanne Verveer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, said at the launch of the report in New York: "In many ways we've been a model ... but we also have a ways to travel."
Iceland and three other Nordic countries lead the world in gender equality, according to a report released on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum
Pulling down the United States was its poor performance in political empowerment, where it ranked a lowly 61. The report is based on data that is between one and three years old. Sources included the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program.