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The suffragette movement officially started in 1903. We’ve made significant progress since then. Women can vote, hold property, and find employment in most countries globally. Regulations prohibit discrimination based on sex, and societal attitudes are changing.
That’s encouraging. What isn’t encouraging is that women still don’t receive equal pay. Estimates in 2018 suggest that it’ll be more than a century before we see true equality.
That’s according to global averages determined by the World Economic Forum. You might think that developing nations and patriarchal societies are the only ones with issues. You’d be wrong. The problem is more pronounced in developing countries due to poverty.
Women are at a disadvantage in these countries because of the errands they perform. Fetching water wastes time that they could otherwise devote to studying. With the limited infrastructure in such countries, women have little choice.
We shouldn’t think that developed countries are immune. Women earn less than men in most countries worldwide. There are many theories as to why that is. Some believe that it’s because men are more likely to ask for more money and put themselves forward for promotions.
If that’s true, it gives us a clue on how to fix it. Instead of just changing regulations, we must raise awareness. Breaking stereotypes will go a long way toward changing ingrained attitudes.
It all starts with information. Data is the first step towards correcting false assumptions. Learning more about gender inequality statistics and spreading the word might speed up the race toward gender equality.