In its fourth year and now reflecting the views of more than 35,000 people, the Reykjavík Index was launched in 2018 by Kantar Public and Women Political Leaders to measure society’s perceptions of women and men’s suitability to lead. It illuminates the countries (across the G7, G20, Spain, Poland, and Iceland), socio-demographic groups, and sectors where perceptions of inequality are most pervasive.
Prejudice still prevails
The Reykjavík Index has demonstrated that women are significantly constrained in their journeys to leadership by societal prejudice.
In 2021, the Reykjavík Index average score for the G7 countries is 73 – the same as in 2020 and 2019, and only one point higher than in 2018.
But the Index does provide some reasons for optimism. This year, Iceland has been included for the first time: when it comes to perceptions of gender equality in leadership, it is the most progressive of the 22 countries covered. With a score of 92, it is well ahead of all G20 countries and has a 10-point lead over the next highest-ranking countries – Spain and the UK.
Perceptions of equality matter
The prejudiced attitudes we have uncovered show up in inequalities across every aspect of society, government, and business. These attitudes can impact career paths and lead to further prejudice in the opportunities offered to both boys and girls. They influence who we vote for, and means policies may not adequately reflect society.