The FIFA Women’s World Cup has finally drawn to a close, with Spain’s La Roja team emerging as the victor. This year’s tournament stood apart from its predecessors, not only shattering attendance records but also igniting conversations about women’s rights both within and beyond sports.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Deborah de Lange from Toronto Metropolitan University examines the performances of countries that participated in the Women’s World Cup. Her analysis sheds light on the efforts countries are making to address gender inequality around the world.

De Lange’s analysis finds that the countries that ranked highest in the Women’s World Cup — Sweden, England, Spain and Australia — were those that had taken deliberate steps to invest in women and girls. She also found that the top-ranking countries were those that ranked higher in sustainable development.

But although some progress has been made, it’s still not enough. De Lange writes: “History tells us that we must be forever vigilant and continue to fight for women’s rights and equality. In fact, we still have a long way to go, especially considering the way the pandemic set women back.”

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All the best.

Eleni Vlahiotis

Assistant Editor, Business + Economy

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