In the world of work this week… one report ranks the world’s top business cities and how those cities are helping keep women safe, fight gender equality, and provide benefits for working mothers. Spoiler alert: none of the 15 cities examined passed with flying colors.
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We’ve got a full breakdown of all the top headlines you can’t miss this week.
#1. The world’s top business cities are still failing women.
“She was just walking home.”
That’s what millions of women said when they read the story of Sarah Everard, abducted from a London street in March by a police officer. That officer later raped and murdered the 33-year-old marketing executive.
Sarah’s death put a sharp focus on society’s failure to protect women from harm – both in the U.K. and abroad. For millions of working women across the globe, the world’s largest cities are failing them. Instead of enabling women to break glass ceilings or remain safe from violence, cities across the world are often hindering women and excluding them.
A Bloomberg Businessweek analysis of 15 global cities found that each city fails career women in multiple ways – and no city is doing enough to keep women safe while fighting to end gender inequality. Toronto, for example, came in first with a 3.66 out of a possible 5 ranking, while Sao Paulo came in last, with a 2.68 ranking. The performance of these cities reveals structural and social-gender inequalities. Cities were graded based on mobility, maternity provisions, equality, and wealth. In addition, Bloomberg surveyed at least 200 working women in each location. Read the full report here.