1. The Pay Gap
Most people are aware of the pay gap between men and women. In the USA the average women earns 84 cents for every dollar the average man makes. Statistics are the similar all over the world. Most people put this down to women doing most childcare and so take more time off work and do more part time jobs, but this infographic from Australia shows us that’s not always the case.
5. A shockingly low number of rape cases go to court.
This infographic from the UK shows the low number of rape reports and convictions. A survey of UK students, which produced many sickening statistics such as “1 in 7 survey respondents (female students) has experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time as a student.” The survey also said that most did not report the crime they experienced to the police because “50% said it was because they felt ashamed or embarrassed, and 43% because thought they would be blamed for what happened.” (hidden marks survey http://hiddenmarks.org.uk/2010/about/hidden-marks/ )
7. Less than a quarter of the world’s countries have had a female head of state.
Light Pink - acting heads of government or state (any point in modern history)
Dark Pink - full-term heads of government or state (any point in modern history)
It’s worth mentioning that “post feminist” USA has not had a female head of state while many countries commonly thought of as worse for women’s rights have had a female as their leader.
Only two countries have 50% or more of their seats in government filled by women (Yay for Rwanda and Andorra) and five countries have no women in government. Here’s another great infographic for those stats (http://feministing.com/files/2012/11/ladies_represent21.png)
10. The USA is seriously falling behind the times with it’s lack of paid maternity leave.
Some states have introduced paid maternity leave in the USA (California, Rhode Island and New Jersey) and some private companies also give paid maternity leave to employers, but that still accounts for only 12% of new mothers. Having a child in the USA will be especially tough for the 40% of families with a female breadwinner.
- Let the Brexit countdown begin: Prime Minister Theresa May has invoked Article 50. Britain is set to leave the EU by 2019.
- The US House of Representatives voted to undo landmark internet privacy rules that protect your sensitive information 💻
- Companies like Nestle, Ben & Jerry's, and General Mills say they'll keep fighting carbon pollution despite Trump's climate change executive order.
- Two UN investigators' bodies were found in a shallow grave after they went missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo.