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Women's Day - Progress Yet Still Far to Go

woman doctorSaturday, March 8, is International Women's Day.  We'll be doing a tweet chat about women in the workplace tomorrow, March 4.    Join us and share your views about what's changed for women, what hasn't, and what we need to do about it.  Tweet on in on Tuesday, March 4th at  12pm ET #Kronoschat.  ( is a good platform for joining tweetchats if you don't have a preferred platform.)

You also might want to take a look at the following findings of the 2013 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report.  Commenting on changes for working women in the past 50 years, they highlighted some of the following themes:

  • Female employment participation has generally increased and gender gaps in labor force participation have narrowed. Yet occupational segregation has not improved,gender pay gaps persist, and women are still under-represented at more senior job levels, especially among managers and on company boards.
  • Formal childcare support is particularly important for boosting female employment levels and for achieving greater gender equality throughout working life.
  • Women often work part-time as it facilitates combining work and family responsibilities, but this frequently comes at a cost to their long-term career and earning prospects.
  • And last but not least,  men do less unpaid (re: domestic) work than their spouses.  The chart below summarizes data from 26 member countries of the OECD.  With the exception of couples where the female partner is the primary wage earner, women are doing the lion's share of the unpaid domestic labor.

Yup, she's bringing home more bacon, and she's still more likely to be frying it up in the pan.

housework gap chart


Source: OECD Secretariat estimates based on national time-use surveys. For further detail, see Miranda, V. (2011), “Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the World”, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 116, OECD Publishing, Paris.

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