1ères lignes : Regardless of the attention it attracts, the notion of “a country’s place in the world” is generally held to designate its economic power and political influence. And yet, in this age of benchmarking3, it seems every domain is the subject of one international ranking or another. From traditional areas such as economics to education and innovation, more and more sectors are becoming the object of measurement, evaluation and, naturally, rankings. These league tables are typically compiled by consulting firms or analysts commissioned to carry them out, or by international agencies which evaluate all entities included in the ranking through the lens of a standardized set of metrics. One point that most have in common is that they leave to one side the question of how suitable a “single” metric – conceived in a particular country, but applied to radically diverse local contexts – is for evaluating perceptions as subjective as “quality of urban living” or the “liveability” of a city. Nevertheless, we might also argue that since they are based on the measurement of the salary levels rankings and occupational ranks of men and women in each individual country, gender equality rankings provide a useful starting point for comparisons and debate on why a given country scores so well – or so poorly – in the ranking4.