The World Economic Forum's study of the Global Gender Gap made the news. It came out in December but nobody noticed. Not a big surprise, the Scandinavian countries fill the top spots-
Where's the US? 19th- and that's a 12-point rise. It's the first time in the 5 years of the study that the US cracked the top 20. The UK? 15th.
1) Economic participation and opportunity – outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment
2) Educational attainment – outcomes on access to basic and higher level education
3) Health and survival – outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio
4) Political empowerment – outcomes on representation in decision-making structures
Through my whole working life, I was paid less than the men I worked with. It was a given in the 70s, when I started working. It was a given everywhere I worked, actually, right up through the last job I held. A man could walk in with almost no experience and within 2 weeks get the title of "meatcutter" and make several dollars more than I did after working there for years, with years of food service experience, with a BA and as a graduate of a cooking school.
The gender prejudice still rules. In every workplace I heard demeaning comments about women, as jokes or just an assumed truth spoken among men in my presence. Not to mention that men with a family are thought of as stable, while women with a family are thought of as unreliable. Most of the time children are still the responsibility of their mother, and their health issues, their extracurricular activities, anything that happens in a child's life, are the mother's job to deal with. I see this in my aide's life and the lives of my friends all the time. And why? Because the male partner makes the lion's share of the household income.
There is still far to go before the US can claim equality in its citizenry, on many levels.
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