And the No. 1 Country for Female Entrepreneurs Is …

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America’s female entrepreneurs who hope to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling are in the right place.

The United States is ranked No. 1 on Dell’s sixth annual Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard, which the technology company released this week.

The scorecard states:

The United States is seen as an innovation-oriented business environment with few market monopolies and less bureaucracy and corruption than lower-ranked countries — all conditions favorable for business startup and growth. American women enjoy the same legal rights as men, and have ready access to education, the Internet, bank accounts and [small- and medium-business] training programs.

According to the methodology, the scorecard ranks countries based on how they score in five categories:

  • Business environment
  • Gendered access
  • Leadership and rights
  • Pipeline for entrepreneurship
  • Potential entrepreneur leaders

The scorecard is based on existing data from organizations such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor; World Economic Forum; World Bank; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and International Labor Organization.

Of the 31 countries analyzed for the latest scorecard, the best-ranked are:

  • United States – 71
  • Canada – 69
  • Australia – 69
  • Sweden – 68
  • United Kingdom – 65

The worst-ranked are:

  • Tunisia – 29
  • Egypt – 24
  • India – 17
  • Pakistan – 14
  • Bangladesh – 12

The bad news is that more than 70 percent of the 31 countries scored below 50 percent. According to a Dell press release, that demonstrates “a significant growth gap between female- and male-owned businesses worldwide.”

Even the highest-ranked country — the U.S. — scored just 71 out of 100. Without a growth gap, Dell executives say, the impact on the economy would be profound:

If American women started growth-oriented businesses at the same rate as men, the nation would gain an estimated 15 million jobs in two years.

Click here to view the rankings for all 31 countries.

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