The State of Women around the World – International Women’s Day 3/8/2019

Discrimination Against Women Continues – Lots of Outright Oppression Too

In the NYTimes today is an article, “Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away – For all the progress women have made, they are still a long way from true equality.”  by Iliana Magra. Here are a few data points from the article:

200 million

That’s the minimum number of women and girls on the planet who have undergone female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.

More than 130 million

The number of women and girls around the world who did not attend school in 2016, according to the Global Partnership for Education, an international organization.



1 in 3

The #MeToo campaign was a watershed moment in the movement to fight gender violence, as women from all walks of life publicly shared their own stories of rape, sexual harassment and other kinds of assault. One in three women around the world have experienced either physical or sexual violence, according to the World Health Organization.


23 percent

Governments have passed laws to fix the gender wage gap, and some companies, such as PwC and Shell U.K., are making an effort to narrow the discrepancy. But globally, women still earn 77 percent of what men do, the United Nations said.

Women may make up almost half of the world’s population, but more than 2.7 billion of them are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men.

Men in 18 countries even have the right to legally prevent their wives from working. And some jobs, such as domestic work, are entirely unpaid.

“The global value of this work each year is estimated at 10 trillion U.S.D. — which is equivalent to one-eighth of the world’s entire G.D.P.,” according to Oxfam.

Over all, female participation in the global work force remains low compared to that of men — 26.7 percent lower, according to figures from the United Nations.

We have published data here about this inequality in wages in the US. “Women Continue To Face A Big Pay Gap – and on into the future

From NYTimes - Bangladeshi women on Internaitonal Women’s Day
Bangladeshi women on Thursday attended a candle-lit vigil to mark International Women’s Day in Dhaka.Credit Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images from NYTimes 3/7/2019