In case you missed it, Tuesday marked International Women’s Day and this years theme surrounded equality for men and women worldwide.
While we have come a long way, statistics do not lie, and it is clear that when it comes to employment women are still not on par with men.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked International Women’s Day by releasing a report that showed the enormous challenges women face when it comes to the job market.
They found that women have an employment-to-population ratio of 42%, compared to nearly 72% for men. While this is an improvement since 1995, it has only improved 0.6 percentage points.
The role of women in management roles has also shown very little improvement in the past decade or so, now standing at about 22% said Grant Thornton.
It could be argued that there is a clear theme in the jobs women and men dominate in with little women carrying out management roles in technology, a sector that has faced criticism for its male dominated workforce.
While it is promising to see women in management roles, on average only one in four senior managers are female in the education and social services, and health care sectors.
Unfortunately, the number of women in senior management is not so good for New Zealand. In fact, we are in the bottom ten.
Looks like there is still a long way to go!