Question 18: Choose the option among A, B, C or D that best fits the blank space in the following passage:
"The status of women’s rights today (1)….. Significantly in different countries and, in some cases, among groups within the same country, such as ethnic groups or economic classes. In recent decades women around the world have made strides in political participation. (2)….. the 1980s women could vote virtually everywhere in the world, except for a few Muslim countries. As of mid-2005, when women in Kuwait won suffrage, women could vote in all countries (3)…. Men could vote except Saudi Arabia. The right to vote is usually included the right to (4)….. for the support office. In 2005 there were 12 female national leaders in the world, including 8 heads of (5)…… (3 monarchs and 5 presidents) and 4 heads of government (prime ministers). In 2005 women made (6)….. almost 16 percent of legislative bodies worldwide, compared to 11 percent in 1999 and 9 percent in 1987. Despite these advancements, women’s role in government decision-making remains (7) …… Many disparities persist between women’s legal rights and their economic status. Women today constitutes nearly 70 percent of the world’s poor, (8) ….. international efforts to compensate women and men (9)….. in the workplace. While women made up about 32 percent of the world’s labor force in 1990, the percentage of women in positions to make important decisions was far lower. In 2002 women held only 15.7 percent of corporate (10)…… positions in the 500 largest companies in the United States – an increase of 7 percentage points points since 1995. In the mid-1990s women comprised only 1 percent of executives in the 1,000 largest corporations outside the United States."
3. As of mid-2005, when women in Kuwait won suffrage, women could vote in all countries (3)…. Men could vote except Saudi Arabia.
Since mid-2005, when women in Kuwait won the right to vote, women can vote in all countries where men can vote, except Saudi Arabia.