The OECD Gender Data Portal includes selected indicators shedding light on gender inequalities in education, employment, entrepreneurship, health, development and Governance, showing how far we are from achieving gender equality and where actions is most needed. The data cover OECD member countries, as well as partner economies including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.







Gender articles: Explore the data

See below a selection of recent articles on gender, click here to access the full list

Why don’t more girls choose STEM careers?
While in most countries women represent a majority of all graduates from tertiary education, fewer women than men complete Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) university degrees. 

Girls are more exposed than boys to cyberbullying
How’s Life in the Digital Age? (OECD, 2019) provides a comprehensive overview of how the digital transformation is impacting people’s lives and highlights that some of these impacts are very different between women and men.

Are women entrepreneurs more likely to work out of the home?
Self-employed women are consistently more likely than self-employed men to work out of their home. The only exceptions are Norway, Denmark and Portugal. The gap is particularly striking in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

A long way before turning promises into progress: discriminatory laws and social norms still hamper gender equality
Legal reforms and transformative gender policies and programmes conducted by governments, civil society, philanthropy and the private sector are starting to pay off.

Can role models encourage woman to step off the beaten path and become entrepreneurs?
In virtually all countries around the world, there exists a gender gap in self-employment rates. In the OECD area, only one in ten employed women is self-employed, compared to one in five men. 

Women are well-represented in health and long-term care professions, but often in jobs with poor working conditions
Transforming traditional gender roles and promoting gender equality requires addressing discriminatory social norms.

Achieving gender balance in corporate leadership in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Globally, women’s labour force participation rates have moved closer to men’s over the past few decades, but in every country women are still less likely than men to engage in paid work.

Increasing use of gender mainstreaming tools across the OECD
Tools and levers such as structural policies, budgets, regulatory frameworks, and procurement processes – when accompanied by gender-sensitive lens – have a strong potential to advance women’s economic empowerment...