A new study says the gap between what men and women earn is closing in some nations, but remains as wide as ever in others.

Monday's report from The World Economic Forum ranks Sweden at the top of a list of 58 major nations. But it notes that not even Sweden and its nordic neighbors have completely closed the gender gap.

Researchers examined women's economic opportunity and participation, political power, education and health in order to come up with the rankings.

They placed the United States a poor 17th because of what they term inadequate child care, maternity leave and economic opportunity.

The researchers ranked Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt at the bottom of the list.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.