There are only eight countries in the world which offer full legal protections to women, according to the report Women, Business and the Law 2020, recently published by the World Bank. Belgium, France, Denmark, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden, Canada and Iceland were the only ones offering full equal rights for men and women, at least from a legal perspective. 87 countries out of the world’s 194 ranked at 80 percent or above, up from 80 in 2019. Saudi-Arabia which came in last in 2019 has improved its score majorly following new laws implemented in the country and now ranked 131th at 70 percent. The last place in the 2020 ranking went to Yemen (26.3 percent), ahead of Sudan (26.9 percent).
The United States ranked at 91.3 percent below countries like Peru and Albania. It lost points because of a lack of laws guaranteeing equal pay and equal pensions, as well as because of notoriously bad laws around parental leave.