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New Zealand is the best country for women to work in, according to a new “glass ceiling” index compiled by the Economist that judges education, wages, job seniority, and child care costs. New Zealand is followed closely by Norway, Sweden, Australia, and Canada

The kiwi country has long had a good reputation for gender equality. It consistently ranks near the top of the World Economic Forum’s gender gap survey. Last year, the country mandated that companies disclose how many women hold executive and board level positions. And a little over half of the top 100 companies on the New Zealand Stock Exchange had at least one female director (PDF).

Yet the country still has a ways to go. The pay gap in the country last year increased 14%, its widest margin in 10 years, and nine government departments pay women up to 20% less than men.

Read more at Quartz.

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Lily Kuo is a reporter at Quartz covering emerging markets. She previously reported general news for Reuters. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the China Post in Taiwan. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from Peking University and the London School of Economics. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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