The map above reveals a somewhat shocking fact if you haven’t been paying attention. In the majority of the world’s countries (including virtually all of the richest) women, not men, stay in education longer.
The darker red a country is, the longer women stay in education (at all levels) relative to men and vice versa for the blue countries. Keep in mind that it’s looking at relative differences within countries and not years of education between them.
Barbados has the most extreme difference with women staying in education for 3.4 years longer then men. At the other extreme is Angola where men have on average 5.3 years more schooling than women.
Somewhat surprising results include Saudi Arabia where women stay in school longer than men. Germany, Ireland, South Korea and Japan are also surprising as they the few high-income countries where men spend more years in education than women.
Here are the differences in years of education for a few countries:
- Barbados: Women 3.4 years more.
- Armenia: Women 2.4 years more
- United States: Women 1.7 years more.
- Brazil: Women 1.0 years more.
- United Kingdom: Women 0.9 years more.
- Australia: Women 0.9 years more.
- Israel: Women 0.9 years more.
- Canada: Women 0.8 years more.
- France: Women 0.7 years more.
- Bangladesh: Women 0.6 years more.
- Saudi Arabia: Women 0.5 years more.
- China: Women 0.2 years more.
- Indonesia: Women 0.1 years more.
- Ireland: Men 0.2 years more.
- Germany: Men 0.2 years more.
- Japan: Men 0.3 years more.
- Iran: Men 0.3 years more.
- India: Men 0.5 years more.
- Turkey: Men 1.2 years more.
- Pakistan: Men 1.5 years more.
- South Korea: Men 1.7 years more.
- Iraq: Men 2.7 years more.
- Afghanistan: Men 4.1 years more.
- Angola: Men 5.3 years more.
You can find a full interactive map here.
You can also have a look at the original map here:
If you liked this map you may also be interested in the following books:
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
- Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
- Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
Why do you think women are now staying in school longer than men? Leave your comments below: