Global Women's Leadership Initiative Index

The Leadership Index shows us where women are in governments around the world, how much power they hold and how they got to their positions of leadership. We explore the data through three pillars – pathways, positions and power – to understand the correlations between different variables, decisions and policies and how those decisions ultimately affect how much power women hold in public office. The Leadership Index focuses on positions across the five sectors of government: executive, legislative, judiciary, civil service and security — and also from the national to local levels.

The Index and the Data Portal are initiatives of the Women Public Service Project which has the goal of increasing the percentage of women in public office to 50% by 2050: 50x50.

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Pathways Pillar

Addresses access to positions of leadership and the factors that enable or hinder women from entering these positions.

Positions Pillar

Measures the descriptive representation of leadership positions across 5 sectors of government at both the national and subnational levels.

Power Pillar

Measures the formal and informal powers that women hold in leadership positions.

The 2018 Index (75 Countries) Methodology | Sources

Country Pathways Positions Power Overall
South Africa 2.611464772 2.536642424 3.460372716 2.869493304
Finland 3.036314711 2.471423825 4.471642248 3.326460261
Iceland 2.16188574 2.536555556 4.267109291 3.014971889
France 2.783416201 2.6555 3.347830556 2.933748919
Sweden 3.485968048 3.189540281 3.782615408 3.489707912
Slovenia 3.128519031 2.420379722 3.829985083 3.126294612
Canada 3.130862561 3.101225858 4.002487775 3.411525398
Peru 3.097941724 2.314621052 3.241272845 2.884611874
New Zealand 2.934900881 2.45 3.652831043 3.012577308
Norway 3.414275667 2.632404762 3.921989465 3.322889965
Rwanda 2.546814904 2.87875 2.967455122 2.797673342
United Kingdom 2.610170647 1.883203978 3.301244974 2.598206533
Germany 2.823360024 1.964516667 3.710370424 2.832749038
Spain 3.210483633 2.394516565 3.294195051 2.966398416
Bulgaria 2.99641099 2.06375 2.815966695 2.625375895
Uruguay 3.425375971 2.227649125 3.037686804 2.896903967
Albania 2.787723541 2.106823514 2.277655698 2.390734251
Colombia 2.964003585 2.091277778 2.888106233 2.647795865
Montenegro 2.731328599 2.452487023 2.085760071 2.423191898
Croatia 2.753589441 2.340167569 2.442553731 2.442553731
Australia 2.611107442 2.172428571 3.117472966 2.63366966
Portugal 2.849862183 2.055397699 2.800462244 2.568574042
Netherlands 2.763066431 1.866245816 3.768276111 2.799196119
Chile 2.859261703 1.682715024 3.39763332 2.646536682
Switzerland 2.597600903 1.8565 3.119403772 2.524501558
Romania 2.773947821 1.140036091 2.550230515 2.154738142
Belgium 3.182654428 1.68447813 2.952579375 2.606570644
Nigeria 1.808299743 1.26925 1.970096939 1.682548894
Indonesia 2.237249427 1.172088426 2.122909043 1.844082299
Kenya 2.85875695 1.379069425 2.129746632 2.122524336
Ireland 3.572007495 1.664863636 3.149308092 2.795393074
Korea, Rep. 2.929710668 1.656759259 2.779981552 2.455483826
United States 2.610170647 1.478616622 3.188642197 2.425809822
Luxembourg 2.901185924 1.347222222 2.662851047 2.303753064
India 1.741887791 1.543238095 2.072592665 1.785906184
Italy 2.790718127 1.814333333 2.44410868 2.349720047
Ecuador 3.173983583 1.660769966 2.956848747 2.597200766
Latvia 2.79109417 2.205684508 2.650320511 2.549033063
Poland 2.673071854 2.072948522 2.752206513 2.499408963
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2.550684542 2.376792777 1.846038858 2.257838726
Slovak Republic 3.041187766 2.37112492 2.360149566 2.590820751
Israel 2.513103308 2.056296296 1.915788008 2.161729204
Macedonia, FYR 3.141301044 2.61914867 1.87161063 2.544020115
Philippines 2.868304018 2.974666667 2.031280552 2.624750412
Argentina 3.41255682 2.0705 1.981242471 2.488099764
Dominican Republic 3.302836653 1.948342245 1.203141322 2.151440073
Moldova 2.63651645 2.067087485 1.368616912 2.024073616
Denmark 2.549471315 1.889052895 2.220695955 2.219740055
Greece 2.609639208 2.449 1.067979245 2.042206151
Serbia 3.034287754 2.809662096 2.196941864 2.680297238
Mexico 2.811658909 1.889640152 2.148544865 2.283281308
Kyrgyz Republic 2.865069262 1.463972727 1.528884671 1.95264222
Czech Republic 2.374333238 1.540139717 2.38453905 2.099670668
Estonia 2.88317345 1.489330496 2.568452844 2.313652263
Paraguay 3.100680287 1.361192896 1.124862647 1.862245277
Japan 2.611679747 1.01 2.264060451 1.961913399
Cyprus 2.308329062 1.164569645 1.986536815 1.819811841
Thailand 2.914679106 1.151666667 1.636646987 1.900997586
Malta 2.864295237 1.168179897 2.081583156 2.03801943
Georgia 2.862170255 1.337170229 1.956637019 2.051992501
Austria 2.786832804 1.736288737 2.015644066 2.179588536
Singapore 2.598743785 0.988536013 2.089402804 1.892227534
Egypt, Arab Rep. 2.818272124 1.1125 1.359400181 1.763390768
Algeria 2.720099574 1.263424222 0.938741298 1.640755032
Brazil 3.18870961 1.046464646 2.09773776 2.110970672
Russian Federation 2.589800472 0.983921359 1.430107936 1.667943256
Armenia 2.906670069 1.189277778 1.251618129 1.782521992
Pakistan 2.049665011 1.0354375 1.055718245 1.380273585
Turkey 2.632143413 0.7675 1.7120461 1.703896504
Morocco 2.667359148 1.214375 1.294371277 1.725368475
Azerbaijan 2.789037437 0.695611111 0.934849196 1.473165915
Hungary 2.649953777 1.557 1.621367504 1.94277376
China 2.496878077 1.3275 1.265426595 1.696601558
Saudi Arabia 1.502113732 0.51 1.308409646 1.106841126
Lithuania 2.739841086 1.788894893 2.371505459 2.300080479