Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in seven areas. The report finds that the majority of economies have legal gender differences, with 155 economies out of 173 impeding women’s economic opportunities with at least one law.
Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality finds that while 42 of the 143 economies examined reduced legal differences between women and men, 128 still impose legal differences on the basis of gender in at least one of the report’s key indicators. The report finds that every geographic region includes economies with unequal rules for women and men.
Of the 141 economies studied in Women, Business and the Law 2012: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion, 103 impose at least one legal difference on the basis of gender. Economies with greater legal differentiation between men and women continue to have, on average, lower female participation in the formal labor force.
Women, Business and the Law 2010: Measuring Legal Gender Parity for Entrepreneurs and Workers in 128 Economies is a pilot report that analyzes the legal systems that perpetuate discrepancies between women and men in the workforce. Though the extent of inequality varies across regions, this report highlights that gender differences are a global phenomenon.