Trends in global gender inequality

Shawn F. Dorius, Glenn Firebaugh

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This study investigates trends in gender inequality throughout the world. Using data encompassing a large majority of the world's population, we examine trends in recent decades for key indicators of gender inequality in education, mortality, politicalrepresentation and economic activity. We find that gender inequality is declining in virtually all major domains, that the decline is occurring across diverse religious and cultural traditions, and that population growth is slowing the decline because populations are growing faster in countries where there is the greatest gender inequality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1941-1968
Number of pages28
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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