Gallup Poll Reveals Best, Worse Gender Gaps for Working Women - PICTURES

Women in 26 percent of the world's countries are less likely than men to be employed at capacity, according to July data released by Gallup. In this instance, "at capacity" refers to people in the workforce working full-time or part-time for an employer, but not seeking full-time work.

Gallup found gender gaps up to more than 20 percentage points for some countries, while other countries had more women working at capacity than men.

According to Gallup, the Employed at Capacity for an Employer Index has strong correlations to the gross domestic product, household income, and well-being. It is not comparing data to the total population, but rather to able adults who are working, or available and looking for work.

Countries that are most likely to have women working at capacity for employers include Kuwait, Singapore, and Sweden. Countries least likely include Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, and Guinea. The likelihood of having women working at capacity often correlated to the overall job climate for the country for both men and women.

Don't keep your hopes up for the U.S., however. The States boast just a -9 index, with 61 percent of women working full-time or part-time (and not wanting work), compared to 70 percent of men.

"Women clearly need better employment opportunities. Social norms in individual countries may explain many of the gender gaps in employment. However, policies in individual countries that encourage decent job opportunities for everyone and encourage women to pursue higher education may help level the playing field," Jenny Marlar and Kyley McGeeney wrote for Gallup.

Below, we've compiled a slideshow of the lowest and highest gender gaps in the workplace. Higher negative numbers indicate wider gender gaps; higher positive numbers indicate the reverse.

Overlooking downtown Quito, Ecuador (National Journal)
Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba, seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. The Hajj will begin on November 5. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (National Journal)
Overlooking La Paz, Bolivia from Europa Hotel (National Journal)
A street view in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Journal)
World Trade Center in Bahrain (National Journal)
Security officers stand guard in front of Lebanon's parliament building where leaders were meeting for an inter-Lebanese national dialogue designed to resolve the country's deep divisions since the end of Syrian domination, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 3, 2006. Lebanon's rival leaders sought a solution Friday to two of the country's most contentious issues _ the fate of their pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and Hezbollah's weapons. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) (National Journal)
The National Assembly of Serbia is one of the most important achievements of recent Serbian architecture. (National Journal)
People stand in front of the cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, the host city of the European Athletics, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (National Journal)
Mongolian women take part in an archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Mongolians celebrate the anniversary of Genghis Khan's march to world conquest on July 11 with the annual sports festival featuring traditional Mongolian events including wrestling, archery, and horse racing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (National Journal)
The River Liffey flows past the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday June 29, 2012. The cast-iron pedestrian bridge, erected in 1816, is an architectural icon of the capital that connects the Temple Bar tourism quarter on the south bank with the Henry Street shopping district on the north. The bridge is named Ha'penny _ and pronounced HAY-puh-nee _ because it originally cost a toll of a half-penny to walk across it. Today it's free. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik) (National Journal)