Women are being overtaken by men in many parts of the world, according to a new report.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) report said that for the first time in history, women and men are now ranked in equal terms for top positions in business, finance, technology and engineering.
This trend was not limited to the United States.
The report said the gap between men and women in senior positions in the top levels of finance, science and technology, and pharmaceutical and biotech has widened from 10.5% in 2000 to 14.5%.
It said the same pattern has been occurring in the US.
The new report said: “The proportion of men holding senior roles in the most lucrative industries and sectors has increased from 15.4% in the 1990s to 20.6% in 2015.”
While the percentage of women in finance, finance and investment, and healthcare has remained flat, the percentage in technology and business services has increased to 26.4%.
“The gender gap in tech and business is widening.”
The gender gap is at its lowest level in the 20th century, the report said.
The WEF said there are now 1.2 million women in leadership positions globally.
This is up from 1.5 million in the mid-1990s.
In 2016, women accounted for 8% of all leaders in the Fortune 500, down from 13% in 2016.
The organisation said there were also 2.7 million women leaders globally, down slightly from 2.8 million in 2016, and that there are more women than men in every job.
Women make up more than a third of executives in technology firms, the organisation said.
It said women are still not making up the majority of board members.
The gender wage gap for tech companies has widened to 16% from 13%, while for finance firms it has increased by 10%.
Women make 74 cents for every dollar a man makes, the WEF report said, up from 64 cents in 2016 and 63 cents in 2020.