The United States is 28 (among 145 countries) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index rankings [ht: ja] for 2015.* It is thus sandwiched between Mozambique and Cuba and far below the top ten.
Italy (41) comes in even lower, just ahead of Colombia, while Israel’s rank is only 53, six places behind Kazakhstan.
The U.S. ranking is pulled up by such factors as average income, enrollment in education, and sex ratio at birth but pulled down by a large number of gender gaps: labor force participation, senior officials and managers, healthy life expectancy, and all forms of political empowerment (women in legislatures, women in cabinet posts, and years with a female head of state).
*This year is the tenth edition of the Index, which benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education, and health criteria.