Tomorrow is International Women’s Day!
The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report predicts that actual gender parity is over 200 years away. Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares a particular indicator among women, like average income, to the same indicator among men. Other indicators can be looked at through the same lens; such as college graduation rates or workforce participation – to name a few.
Gender parity is not to be confused with sex ratio which measures, for example, the ratio of men to women in STEM related industries. This stat tells us how many women might be participating in any particular field. The gender parity ratio gives us insight into what the conditions are like for those actually in those fields. For example, the gender parity ratio sheds light to the fact that female-led tech companies received about $1.5 billion versus $58 billion (given to male-led companies) via venture-capitalist investments. The combination of the two measurements paints the full picture; not only are fewer women in the field but the few women who are in the field are attracting a disproportionately low number of investments.
Gender parity has its shortcomings. One being that they aggregate conditions for men and women, as a whole. This can sometimes hide other areas of inequality. A fairly common-known factor is that notion of ‘total work time’. This is the amount of, paid and unpaid, work done by men and women. While that gender parity is close to being equal – what is not seen is that men do way more paid work than women. Childcare and housework are primarily still carried out by women – that work is typically unpaid and not valued or rewarded in the same fashion.
All that aside, the gender parity ratio does provide a barometer of the inequalities defining thousands, even millions, of lives. And, to that end tomorrow’s International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress.
“There has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.”
Even though gender parity is taking longer than any of us would like, women worldwide are making positive gains; daily. The International Women’s Day organization is strongly encouraging all of us – all the Kuel Women in the world, to think, act, and be gender inclusive.
Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.
We at Kuel Life would love to hear how you plan to celebrate tomorrow!