Gender equality at work: is it getting worst?


Wage inequality and discrimination persist? Is motherhood still perceived as an obstacle to women’s career? Answers.

In 2016, women represented 55% of women in the world. This rate tends to decline since 1990 when it was set at 57%.

79% of women meet today to be free to choose their profession: they consider this acquired right, so it appears as a “non-issue,” the study says. ; the question of the free choice of women in a professional career is still relevant since 8% of respondents still do not have this freedom.

Discrimination at work is still an issue.

gender_equality-symbolMore than one in two (53%) has already felt discriminated against a man, and it is in Latin America that women say they are the most concerned (61%). And it is especially concerning wages that women feel discriminated: 43% of respondents feel that their salary is equal to that of their male colleagues, while 41% say the opposite.

The difference between actually plays Generation X and Generation Y: 52% of X feel they do not earn as much as their male counterparts, whereas only 33% of Y have this perception. “Should we then speak of a certain naivety of Generation Y, arriving there is little in the labour market? Or see evidence that wage differences appear and when you dig through the ranks? “Ask the authors of the study.

One thing is certain: on average in the world, working women have lower incomes from 10 to 30% of men.

Motherhood, always a stop on women’s careers.

More than one in two (52%) feel not knowing the same professional development to that of a man. And this finding holds for all generations and all regions of the world.

Moreover, few are still women to hold senior management: estimated at 24% in Europe, this figure falls to 22% in Latin America and 18% in North America.

One of the reasons? Motherhood, which continues to hold the professional advancement of women. When asked respondents to women who have experienced temporary or permanent cessation of their career what is the reason for the break, 46% of them argue family reasons (maternity, spouse, etc.).

In comparison, 18% of respondents cite an economic reason (attack, dismissal, etc.), 18% personal reasons (need for change, travel, etc.), 11% due to a health reason and 1% financial.
And it is confirmed by the majority of women themselves, which in 63%, see in motherhood hinder their professional career.

However, women respondents remain optimistic over three-quarters of them (76%) believe it is possible to combine work and family life despite the challenges.

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