List Notes: Data is for the year 2014. The Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparison across regions and income groups and over time. The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria. Politcal Empowerment Rank measures the number of females with seats in parliament, the number of females at the ministerial level and the number of years a country has had a female head of state in the last 50 years.