It will take 170 more years for #women across the globe to see an end to the #Wage Gap the World Economic Forum reported Tuesday. The study looked at 144 countries to determine where countries stood on various issues pertaining to women. While some areas such as health and education went up, pay equality plummeted. What was initially projected to take 118 years to correct in 2015 will now take an additional 53 years. After centuries of fighting for equality, it seems as though we still have many more to go, and it is not ok.
Women in the United States
Women were granted the right to vote in the United States almost 100 years ago, and it has been an uphill battle ever since. Even in the year 2016 women are subject to ridicule, discrimination, and are even seen as lesser citizens. Take for example this presidential election. Many people’s justification for not liking Hillary is that she is a woman and thus, is “not fit to run the country”. Their idea of “female” is weak and emotional as opposed to the societal view of men as “powerful and respected”. This notion is echoed across various industries. When taking a look at the Fortune 500 companies, only 4.4% of the companies have female CEOs. With numbers like this, it is hard to say with confidence that women are equally being represented in our society.
What do these numbers mean?
Across the globe, women are working about 50 minutes more each day, totaling almost a month of extra work a year. Women are also only making about half of what men make, and still make up only 54 percent of the workforce the report states. The report also looks at the length of maternity leave, the availability of an education, and health standards for women. The factors and more determine the rankings for various countries.
USA Today reports that even highly industrialized countries are contributing to these grave numbers. In the recent report, the United States fell from the 26th best country for #Gender Equality to the 45th. In the last places are Yemen and Pakistan, two countries who have not budged much from previous standings.
These numbers are concerning as we look towards the future. Celebrities and blue collar women alike are expressing their concerns and personal experiences with the wage gap in industrialized countries. While it may not happen in our lifetime, we can only hope that future generations live in a world where women are finally seen as equals.