Global Gender Gaps
Despite recent gains, global gender gaps in a number of areas remain wide. To mark Women’s History Month, we highlight our research on the potential credit-enhancing social and economic benefits for companies and governments if these gaps narrow.

  • 23 Feb 2018|Moody's Investors Service
    Some governments have increased the policy focus on promoting greater female participation in the economy, in large part to offset the impact of aging populations. These measures have the potential to boost sovereign creditworthiness.
    10 Sep 2019|Moody's Investors Service
    Women’s prime-age labor force participation rates in the US are at a 20-year high, supporting economic activity. But women still earn less than men across most industries.

    02 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    European companies with high ratings have the highest proportion of women on their boards. Board gender diversity peaks among A-rated companies at an average of 34%, progressively declining to 16% in the Caa rating category. France has the most diverse boards in Europe, with women accounting for an average of 42% of a company’s directors. Listen to the podcast
    05 Apr 2018|Moody's Investors Service
    Women in the UK asset management industry earn significantly lower base pay and bonuses than men, according to industry disclosures. Additionally, women are often under-represented in higher-paying roles. The disclosures will bring more transparency to compensation inequality, and will likely drive better corporate governance, a credit positive.
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