Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

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17/12/2012 - Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs, availability or access to such facilities, and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.
Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now says that gains in female education attainment have contributed to a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force, but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings.
In OECD countries men earn on average 16% more than women in similar full-time jobs. At 21%, the gender gap is even higher at the top of the pay scale, suggesting the continued presence of a glass ceiling. Even though there has been progress in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, this is not enough and much remains to be done in many countries.
"Closing the gender gap must be a central part of any strategy to create more sustainable economies and inclusive societies,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said at the launch of the report at the OECD Gender Forum in Paris. “The world’s population is ageing and this challenge can only be mastered if all the talent available is mobilised. Governments should make further progress in the access and quality of education for all, improve tax and benefits systems, and make childcare more affordable, in order to help women contribute more to economic growth and a fairer society."

The high price of motherhood
Data behind the chart
  • The high price of motherhoodGender pay gap by presence of children, 25 - 44 years oldNo childrenAt least one childIRLAUSLUXNLDSVNFRAMEXDEUNORITAISLHUNBELCANOECDPRTUSAGBRFINPOLCHLDNKAUTGRCESPKORSWECZESVKJPNEST-40-20020406080Source: Closing the gender gap: Act now


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