Women have made some strides even in the poorest nations, but our survey found that these 10 are lagging on basic issues. We graded each country on 5 factors, using a scale of 1 to 100
Laws protecting women from domestic violence, adolescent marriage and marital rape, and also women's access to land and bank loans
Includes rates of maternal death, HIV, and infant mortality, and also access to safe abortions and skilled health workers
Education level, literacy, and gender parity in schools
Includes percentage of women in the labor force, gender pay gap, access to all industries, ability to climb the ladder
Share of women in government, including senior positions
For details on weighting and other methodology, go to thedailybeast.com.