In a year that has brought us national conversations about working women, leaning in and whether or not the patriarchy is in fact "dead," you might expect that all this talk signaled a real improvement for gender equality in the United States.

According to the 2013 Global Gender Gap report released on Oct. 24 by the World Economic Forum, that, unfortunately, is not the case. In fact, there are 22 countries where women have far more parity with their male counterparts than women do in the U.S.

The Global Gender Gap Report ranks 136 countries (which collectively contain over 93 percent of the world's population) based on 14 indicators used to measure the size of a nation's gender gap in four key areas:

1. Economic participation and opportunity, which includes female labor force participation, wage equality and the percentage of women in high-ranking, highly-skilled jobs.
2. Educational attainment, which looks at female literacy, and women's access to and enrollment in both basic and higher education.
3. Political empowerment, which examines the number of women holding political office as well as the number of female heads of state over the last 50 years.
4. Health and survival, which is measured by comparing female and male life expectancy and mortality rates.

Each country out of the 136 is assigned a score between 1 (total equality) and 0 (total inequality) for each of the 14 indicators. The scores are then averaged to determine the overall rankings. According to the report's authors, the index scores represent the "percentage of the gap that has been closed between women and men."

This year the United States ranked 23rd and received a score of 0.7392, nearly the same as in 2012 when the U.S. ranked 22nd with a score of .7373. Unfortunately, our ranking and score have both decreased since 2011. That year, the U.S. was ranked 17th, just behind the United Kingdom and just ahead of Canada, with a score of .7412.

Where the U.S. really seems to falter is not in educational attainment -- we have near-perfect gender equality when it comes to enrollment in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. And though we ranked an abysmal 67th when it came to closing the wage gap, overall the U.S. ranked 6th for economic participation. But the U.S. has a serious gender issue when it comes to politics, receiving a score of .159 for overall political empowerment, mostly because we have so few women in legislative and ministerial positions. For example, women make up just 18.3 percent of the 113th Congress.

And of course, this report does not account for everything that makes up the quality of a woman's life. For example, it is illegal in both Nicaragua and the Philippines for women to terminate a pregnancy.

As always, these rankings show us the places where we have made incredible progress when it comes to gender parity in the U.S. -- and the areas where there is still much more work to be done.

Here are 22 countries that are more gender equal than the United States:

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    1. Iceland
    Flickr: Andos_pics
    2013 score: 0.8731 In 2012, Iceland ranked #1 with a score of 0.8640.
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    2. Finland
    Flickr: purplespace
    2013 score: 0.8421 In 2012, Finland ranked #2 with a score of 0.8451.
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    2. Norway
    Flickr: Moyan_Brenn
    2013 score: 0.8417 In 2012, Norway ranked #3 with a score of 0.8403.
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    4. Sweden
    Flickr: Mr Phil Price
    2013 score: 0.8129 In 2012, Sweden ranked #4 with a score of 0.8159.
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    5. Philippines
    Flickr: alxndrtgt
    2013 score: 0.7832 In 2012, the Philippines ranked #8 with a score of 0.7757.
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    6. Ireland
    Flickr: Mr G's Travels
    2013 score: 0.7823 In 2012, Ireland ranked #5 with a score of 0.7839
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    7. New Zealand
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    2013 score: 0.7799 In 2012, New Zealand ranked #6 with a score of 0.7805.
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    8. Denmark
    Flickr: JamesZ_Flickr
    2013 score: 0.7779 In 2012, Denmark ranked #7 with a score of 0.7777.
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    9. Switzerland
    Flickr: Boobook48
    2013 score: 0.7736 In 2012, Switzerland ranked #10 with a score of 0.7672.
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    10. Nicaragua
    Flickr: marklarson
    2013 score: 0.7715 In 2012, Nicaragua ranked #9 with a score of 0.7697.
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    11. Belgium
    Flickr: Tom Holbrook
    2013 score: 0.7684 In 2012, Belgium ranked #12 with a score of 0.7652.
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    12. Latvia
    Flickr: auws
    2013 score: 0.7610 In 2012, Latvia ranked #15 with a score of 0.7572.
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    13. The Netherlands
    Flickr: Bastiaan_65
    2013 score: 0.7608 In 2012, the Netherlands ranked #11 with a score of 0.7659.
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    14. Germany
    Flickr: Zanthia
    2013 score: 0.7583 In 2012, Germany ranked #13 with a score of 0.7629.
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    15. Cuba
    Flickr: Nathan Laurell
    2013 score: 0.7540 In 2012, Cuba ranked #19 with a score of 0.7417.
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    16. Lesotho
    Flickr: Daniel Weber
    2013 score: 0.7530 In 2012, Lesotho ranked #14 with a score of 0.7608.
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    17. South Africa
    Flickr: YoTuT
    2013 score: 0.7510 In 2012, South Africa ranked #16 with a score of 0.7496.
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    18. The United Kingdom
    Flickr: @Doug88888
    2013 score: 0.7440 In 2012, the U.K. ranked #18 with a score of 0.7433.
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    19. Austria
    Flickr: Alf Igel
    2013 score: 0.7437 In 2012, Austria ranked #20 with a score of 0.7391.
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    20. Canada
    Flickr: SparkyLeigh
    2013 score: 0.7425 In 2012, Canada ranked #21 with a score of 0.7381.
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    21. Luxembourg
    Flickr: James.Stringer
    2013 score: 0.7410 In 2012, Luxembourg was ranked #17 with a score of 0.7439.
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    22. Burundi
    Flickr: Peter Eichenauer
    2013 score: 0.7397 In 2012, Burundi ranked #24 with a score of 0.7338.

And the 22 countries that scored worst on The Global Gender Gap Report's rankings...

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  • 1. Yemen

    Ranked #136, with a score of 0.5128. In 2012, Yemen was ranked #135 with a score of 0.5054.

  • 2. Pakistan

    Ranked #135, with a score of 0.5459. In 2013, Pakistan was ranked #134 with a score of 0.5478.

  • 3. Chad

    Ranked #134 with a score of 0.5588. In 2012, Chad was ranked #133 with a score of 0.5594.

  • 4. Syria

    Ranked #133 with a score of 0.5661. In 2012, Syria ranked #132 with a score of 0.5626.

  • 5. Mauritania

    Ranked #132 with a score of 0.5810. In 2012, Mauritania was ranked #119 with a score of 0.6129.

  • 6. Côte d'Ivoire

    Ranked #131 with a score of 0.5814. In 2012, Côte d'Ivoire was ranked #130 with a score of 0.5785.

  • 7. Iran

    Ranked #130 with a score of 0.5842. In 2012, Iran was ranked #127 with a score of 0.5927.

  • 8. Morocco

    Ranked #129 with a score of 0.5845. In 2012, Morocco was ranked #129 with a score of 0.5833.

  • 9. Mali

    Ranked #128 with a score of 0.5872. In 2012, Mali ranked #128 with a score of 0.5842.

  • 10. Saudi Arabia

    Ranked #127 with a score of 0.5879. In 2012, Saudi Arabia was ranked #131 with a score of 0.5731.

  • 11. Benin

    Ranked #126 with a score of 0.5885. In 2012, ranked #117 with a score of 0.6258.

  • 12. Egypt

    Ranked #125 with a score of 0.5935. In 2012, Egypt was ranked #126 with a score of 0.5975.

  • 13. Algeria

    Ranked #124 with a score of 0.5966. In 2012, Algeria was ranked #120 with a score of 0.6112.

  • 14. Lebanon

    Ranked #123 with a score of 0.6028. In 2012, Lebanon was ranked #122 with a score of 0.6030.

  • 15. Oman

    Ranked #122 with a score of 0.6053. In 2012, Oman was ranked #125 with a score of 0.5986.

  • 16. Nepal

    Ranked #121 with a score of 0.6053. In 2012, Nepal was ranked #123 with a score of 0.6026.

  • 17. Turkey

    Ranked #120 with a score of 0.6081. In 2012, Turkey was ranked #124 with a score of 0.6015.

  • 18. Jordan

    Ranked #119 with a score of 0.6093. In 2012, Jordan was ranked #121 with a score of 0.6103.

  • 19. Ethiopia

    Ranked #118 with a score of 0.6198. In 2012, Ethiopia ranked #118 with a score of 0.62.

  • 20. Fiji

    Ranked #117 with a score of 0.6286. In 2012, Fiji was ranked #113 with a score of 0.6285.

  • 21. Kuwait

    Ranked #116 with a score of 0.6292. In 2012, Kuwait was ranked #109 with a score of 0.6320.

  • 22. Qatar

    Ranked #115 with a score of 0.6299. In 2012, Qatar was ranked #115 with a score of 0.6264.