The theme for IWD this year is Press for Progress. How are progressing?
The pay disparity between men and women in NSW shrank more than in any state last year, helping to reduce the Australia-wide gender pay gap to the narrowest it’s been in over a decade.
In 2017 females accounted for the majority of the sharp 403,000 rise in employment, entering more full-time jobs than males.
The average annual pay packet of full-time female employees is $26,527 less than men’s, rising to $89,216 at the top level of management.
The most challenging gender gaps remain in the economic and health spheres. Given the continued widening of the economic gender gap, it will now not be closed for another 217 years.
Women who retired in 2016 had an average super balance of $157,000 while men had $271,000 – an average $120,000 less in their super than men.
Two thirds of the worldwide illiterate population are female.
As girls get older, their confidence decreases – from 56 per cent of girls viewing themselves as confident at 10, to 44 per cent by the time they reach 17, to just 27 per cent when they reach adulthood (18-25).
Although organisations are increasingly investing in building culturally diverse and gender balanced leadership profiles, culturally diverse women are notably under-represented in leadership ranks.
In the absence of significant savings, superannuation or other assets, the family home has become the key form of wealth for many Australian women.
Combined, these changes could lead to effective marginal tax rates of possibly 100% or higher for some women.
Women consistently trade time in employment for greater time in domestic work even when their resources are on par with men. This is in a society that equates femininity with domesticity.