The Global Women's Leadership Initiative Index (The Leadership Index) shows us where women are in governments around the world, how much power they hold and how they got to their positions of leadership.

We explore the data through three pillars – pathways, positions and power – to understand the correlations between different variables, decisions and policies and how those decisions ultimately affect how much power women hold in public office. The Leadership Index focuses on positions across the five sectors of government: executive, legislative, judiciary, civil service and security — and also from the national to local levels.

The Index and the Data Portal are initiatives of the Women Public Service Project which has the goal of increasing the percentage of women in public office to 50% by 2050: 50x50.

The Leadership Index allows policymakers to see how their country compares globally and identify effective policy change to promote gender parity. The individual pillar scores, combined to create the overall index score, paint a picture of women's leadership within each specific country.




Sweden holds the highest overall score on the Global Women's Leadership Index. Sweden has a Power score of 79.52, a Positions score of 59.65, and a Pathways score of 69.72.

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Finland has an overall score of 65.82. Finland has a Power score of 91.45,a Positions score of 45.27, and a Pathways score of 60.73. 

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Norway has an overall score of 65.76. Norway has a Power score of 80.26, a Positions score of 48.73, and a Pathways score of 68.29.

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Canada has an overall score of 65.57. Canada has a Power score of 80.87, a Positions score of 53.22 and a Pathways score of 62.62.

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Slovenia has an overall score of 61.39. Slovenia has a Power score of 77.56, a Positions score of 44.03, and a Pathways score of 62.57.

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