World Cup of Women's Advancement?

I love soccer! Although I played field hockey, I cheered for my brother when he played. Needless to say, I've been watching the World Cup. (Congratulations to Spain!)

While watching, I couldn't help but imagine if the World Economic Forum were able to turn the Global Gender Gap Report into a live action competition.

Countries would compete to demonstrate how they had improved the status of women in the 4 measured categories:

  • Economic participation: salaries, participation in the economy, access to high-skilled employment.
  • Educational attainment: access to basic and higher education.
  • Political empowerment: representation in decision-making bodies.
  • Health and survival: life expectancy and gender ratio

Picture it now...

  • Teams of CEOs highlighting the advancement of women to executive and board positions.
  • Politicians racing to deliver photos of their more balanced governing bodies.
  • Parents competing to demonstrate that their daughters are in school at all levels.
  • And the medical community testifying to the extended life expectancy of women and the health of girls.

Imagine the suspense...will Norway once again rise to 1st place? Will Sri Lanka, the Phillipines and Lesotho remain in the top 10? Will the US improve on its (mortifying) number 31 position?

Wouldn't that have a greater impact on the world than soccer/futbol?

Anyone want to produce a reality TV show?

Lead ON!
Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women and author of No Ceiling, No Walls. She blogs on networking for PINK Magazine. Follow her on Twitter.
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