10 Best and 10 Worst Countries for Gender Equality

President Barack Obama greets people in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. The president announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. Lilly Ledbetter is at left in green. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets people in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. The president announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. Lilly Ledbetter is at left in green. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets people in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. The president announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages. Lilly Ledbetter is at left in green. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Associated Press

The annual Global Gender Gap index by the World Economic Forum, shows marginal improvement in women’s equality worldwide, according to data on access to health care, survival rates, education, income and participation in the work force and in politics.

The best nations in terms of gender equality:

1. Iceland

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Sweden

5. Denmark

6. Nicaragua

7. Rwanda

8. Ireland

9. Philippines

10. Belgium

Nations with the most gender inequality:

133. Morocco

134. Jordan

135. Lebanon

136. Ivory Coast

137. Iran

138. Mali

139. Syria

140. Chad

141. Pakistan

142. Yemen

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