Did You Know?

Four in ten businesses worldwide have no women in senior management. This shouldn’t be a surprise given the way many countries feel about women in the workplace. Here in the United States, however, women still feel the stress of trying to break into upper management, with 93% of the 439 senior women executives surveyed by Korn/Ferry International in 1992 feeling that a glass ceiling for women still existed. Yet new studies report that women outnumber men as managers in fields like human resources, health administration and education–perhaps stemming from reports that many businesses have seen a direct financial impact from hiring women. It hasn’t changed much, if you ask me even now in 2015.

Women earned less than men in 99% of all occupations. In virtually every field that women choose to enter, they can expect to earn less over their lifetime than their male counterparts. This means that over 47 years of full-time work, this gap amounts to an estimated loss in wages for women of $700,000 for high school graduates, $1.2 million for college grads, and $2 million for professional school grads–a staggering amount.  from the College Times

From the ABC ~ Sad, sad news indeed!

Earlier this week the Federal Government announced changes to gender reporting guidelines for businesses.

For businesses with 100 employees or more there will still be required gender and pay reporting, but the Government is planning to scrap more stringent workplace gender equality reporting introduced under the former Labor government, which would have included recording the gender of people applying for jobs and chief executive salaries.

The Government said it was a decision made in consultation with business and that some reporting requirements were too onerous and might not necessarily contribute to gender equality.

But Ms Kearney said employers must be required to keep the data in order to erode the pay disparity.

“To look at a culture in an organisation to tackle something like this, we need data and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency recommended some data collection processes that would help, but we have just seen this Government decide to water down those requirements,” she said.

“Watering down data collection requirements is going to be, I think, a major step backwards in closing the gender pay gap.

“We’ll lose a good opportunity to change the culture in corporations around this issue.”

 

The Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap has hit a record high of 18.8 per cent according to Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, prompting calls for the Federal Government to reverse the upward trend.

Men now earn almost $300 more per week than women based on the average weekly earnings for full-time workers.

The latest figures represent the biggest gender pay gap since the ABS began collecting the data in 1994.

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president Ged Kearney said while the data reflected pay across the board, women could be paid less in the same jobs as men.

Women also made up the majority of workers in some industries where earnings were low.

The latest figures compared the average weekly full-time earnings of men – $1,587.50 – and found women were about $298 worse off.

Via ABC Feb, 2015

The more education a woman has, the greater the disparity in her wages. This certainly doesn’t mean women should shy away from professional positions, but they should be aware that they may have to battle harder for equal pay. Women in professional specialty occupations were found to earn just 72.7% of what men in the same position earned, and women in upper-level executive, administrative and managerial occupations earned even less at 72.3%. Read more at College Times

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Forty-six percent of women believe they’ve experienced sex discrimination in the workplace, according to a survey from 2013.

Via Catalyst >>

Welcome to my new blog!

All about female rights / discrimination against, etc.. mainly brought about by a few occurrences of late. I’ll go into them in the next post, meanwhile here are some facts.

Women in today’s society have all the equality they could ever need, right? Wrong.

‪#‎InternationalWomensDay‬ is still needed to motivate change, at home and abroad. Some of these statistics put into sharp relief just how far we still have to go.

Violence

Globally, about one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. About 44 per cent of all UK women have experienced either physical or sexual violence since they were 15-years-old. Britain ranks among the worst countries in Europe when it comes to women being violently abused.

On average, 30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their partner.

38 per cent of all murders of women worldwide are committed by a woman’s intimate partner.

A UN report said 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt had been subjected to sexual harassment.

Marriage

Around 14 million girls, some as young as eight years old, will be married in 2014.

An estimated 1.2m children are trafficked into slavery each year; 80 per cent are girls.

In 10 countries around the world women are legally bound to obey their husbands

Only 76 countries have legislation that specifically addresses domestic violence – and just 57 of them include sexual abuse.

Working rights

In the UK, the gender pay gap stands at 15%, with women on average earning £5,000 less a year than their male colleagues. The disparity is even greater in part time jobs, going up to 35 per cent.

Globally only a 24 per cent of senior management roles are now filled by women.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission estimates it will take 70 years at the current rate of progress to see an equal number of female and male directors of FTSE 100 companies.

This hurts everyone. The gender gap in certain industries is even more apparent and damaging. Zemach Getahun estimates that closing the gender gap in agriculture could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 per cent.