Tall and tan, blond and flashy, the model Gisele Bündchen has been for most of the world the seductive image of today’s Brazilian women, strutting down fashion runways in Paris, Milan and New York, while her face graces scores of magazine covers. Now there’s a new image, a new face.
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.
When it comes to equality between the sexes, women have made dramatic strides in recent decades. In spite of that good news, a new report reveals a significant gender gap persists in two critical areas: economic equality and political power.