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had a female minister of education, women make up less than a fifth of its workforce, and women hold just 4 percent of board seats at public companies there.
But, in school, Jordanian girls are crushing their male peers.
These are all glaring disparities in a world that values higher-order skills more than ever before.
Natasha Ridge, the executive director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in the United Arab Emirates, has studied gender and education around the world.
In 2015, teenage girls outperformed boys on a sophisticated reading test in 69 countries—every place in which the test was administered.