Gains and Gaps: A Look at the World's Women


(March 2006) Over the past decade, United Nations agencies have tracked women’s progress in critical areas identified by the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing . In 2000, the National Council for Research on Women produced a report which, through statistics, mirrored these areas and provided a snapshot of the current status of women in the world. In Spring 2006, the Council released a report that presents another snapshot, five years later – Gains and Gaps: A Look at the World's Women.

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The National Council for Research on Women expresses its profound gratitude to the institutions that provided funding for this report:

We especially thank the Lead Sponsor, UBS, for its encouragement and generous financial support from the early stages of the project through its completion.

We are deeply grateful to the Women’s Economic Round Table for its gift in support of this report, contributed in honor of Mariam Chamberlain.

We also thank the following members of the Council’s Corporate Circle for their Co-Sponsorship of this project:

Avon Products, Inc.
Chubb Insurance
Credit Suisse Group
Educational Testing Service
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase
Lehman Brothers
Merck & Co., Inc.