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The Reykjavik Index for Leadership: How do we support equality in society and in leadership?
Does society think women and men are equally suitable to lead? The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, from Kantar and Women Political Leaders, was launched in 2018 to answer this important question.
The Index is the first measure of perceptions of equality for women and men in leadership. Now in its third year, the Reykjavik Index for Leadership provides powerful evidence enabling us to better understand where there is prejudice in society’s perceptions of women and men in leadership, across 23 sectors in 10 countries, spanning the G7, India, Kenya and Nigeria.
On International Women’s Day, Women Political Leaders and Kantar Public convene political leaders, social trend experts and public policy advisors to consider what this means for the future of female leadership and gender policy. In light of this research, we ask ourselves, what type of interventions are needed to prevent the deepening of gender discrimination?
Our research found that:
• There has been an absence of progress in attitudes towards women in leadership across three years
• In the G7, younger people hold more prejudice towards women in leadership than their older counterparts, revealing a new issue in how we think about a future without prejudice
The panel will also enable conversation around the myths we hold about women, men, leadership and childcare that can sustain prejudices in society, workplaces and our homes, with meaningful ideas about how to tackle them.

Originally aired:
8 March 2021


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