Editorial Team

Living abroad is growing in popularity as people try and fulfil their travel cravings whilst earning a good living. It can be a daunting prospect, you have to overcome language barriers and have the difficult decision of where to live.

The experts at  William Russell have taken a deep dive into the most empowering countries for females to live and work.

In order to score countries and rank them, the team looked at a number of factors to create the Female Empowerment Score including:

  • Gender Pay Gap
  • The proportion of women who achieve tertiary education
  • The length of paid maternity leave
  • Female representation in government
The countries with the largest proportion of highly educated women: 

Rank

Country

% Women Achieved Tertiary Education

1

Israel

88.0

2

Canada

64.4

3

Finland

53.1

4

Japan

52.8

4

Iceland

52.8

6

Estonia

51.2

7

Australia

50.8

8

Ireland

50.6

9

United States

50.4

10

Sweden

50.1

  • Israel has by far the highest proportion of women who have achieved tertiary level education, at 88.0%! Other countries don’t even come close to achieving this extremely high rate of education.
  • Canada has the second-highest level of tertiary education among women at 64.4%. This indicates a highly engaged female population that can challenge the status quo and steer the country towards a more progressive and equal society.
  • Finland takes third place for women in tertiary education, with 51.3% having reached this level of studies.
The 10 best countries for female empowerment: 

Rank

Country

Female Empowerment Score

1

Iceland

7.64

2

Finland

7.62

3

Ireland

7.22

4

Belgium

7.12

5

Denmark

7.04

6

Canada

6.83

7

France

6.77

8

Norway

6.73

9

Sweden

6.67

10

Lithuania

6.64

  • Iceland tops our list as the most female-friendly place to live and work, with a female empowerment score of 7.64. This Nordic island nation is well known for its progressive views and welcoming culture with more than half of adult women having achieved tertiary education such as a university degree.
  • Another Nordic country makes the top three, as Finland snags second place with a score of 7.62. Finland has achieved excellent representation for women in its government, with 50% of all ministerial positions being occupied by women.
  • Ireland takes third place in our ranking, with a female empowerment score of 7.22. Ireland has a relatively low gender wage gap of 7.99% and a very competitive 182 days of paid maternity leave for new mothers.

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