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The Women in the Workplace, in Numbers

In the context of commemorating International Women's Day, we delve into figures unveiling the current status of women in the workforce. It's crucial to ponder women's situation in the professional sphere, nationally and globally. Despite strides in gender equality, significant challenges persist, demanding continuous attention and action.

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The Gender Pay Gap

Globally, women earn approximately 20% less than men for the same work; and in the United States, women earn around 82% of men's salary for the same work, indicating a significant wage gap.

This wage disparity is not only unjust but also hinders progress towards gender equality in the workplace. It's estimated in a QUADRATIN article that it would take 257 years to achieve pay equality for work of equal value. This alarming data underscores the urgency to implement concrete measures to address this wage gap.

Economic Autonomy

According to data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in Mexico, 25% of women have no income of their own (compared to 6% of men). Although Mexico is average in Latin America, it lags behind countries like Bolivia and Uruguay, where this figure reduces to 12% and 13% for women, respectively.

Progress: Mexico and the USA

Regarding Mexico, 2023 figures from the Global Gender Gap Report state that Mexico closed its gap at 76.5%. Though encouraging, there's still a long way to go for true gender equity in the country. It's noteworthy that despite this improvement, Mexico has dropped two positions compared to the previous edition of the gender equality report.

The female participation rate in the US labor force is 53% in labor jobs (2021 data), with the female unemployment rate reduced by 5.3% that year. Additional information available at ourworldindata.org

The Impact of Women in the Workforce

It's essential to recognize that gender equality in the workplace isn't just a matter of social justice but also an economic and business necessity. Full participation of women in the labor market is crucial for economic and social development.

Numerous studies have shown that gender diversity in the workforce leads to better business outcomes, increased innovation, and a more inclusive and productive work environment.

Additionally, according to an article in UN Women:

If unpaid work done by women were assigned a monetary value, it's estimated to be over 40 percent of the GDP in some countries.

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At Gebesa, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting gender equality in the workplace. We're dedicated to creating a work environment where everyone, regardless of gender, has equal opportunities to grow, develop, and achieve their full potential.

This March, Women's Month, let's call for action to drive change and work together towards a future where gender equality is a reality in all aspects of work and beyond.