Is Gender Equality Good for Your Health?

While gender inequality persists, many high-income countries have now reached a point of relatively high gender equality.   Many people assume a linear relationship between gender equality and health outcomes: that is, the higher the level of gender equality, the better the health outcomes.  This is likely to be true at lower levels of gender equality, but how the association is charted at higher levels of gender equality is not clear, and it is possible that the returns in terms of health gains is different at higher levels of gender equality, compared with lower levels.  This work will examine associations between gender equality and population health outcomes for women, men and adolescents, in high-income  contexts such as Australia.

Research Team

Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne
Dr Tania King, University of Melbourne
Ms Anna Scovelle, University of Melbourne





Professor Anne Kavanagh


The Measurement and Monitoring Research Program is funded through grants and research contracts provided by a variety of sources, including Australian Research Council, Victorian State Government departments and internal University funding.


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Is Gender equality good for your health?

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