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Gender Facts

July 24, 2009

Taken from International Women’s Day 2009

Networking …

* Women use 20,000 words a day while men only use 7,000

Global Issues …

* Females in developing countries on average carry 20 litres of water per day over 6 km
* Globally women account for the majority of people aged over 60 and over 80
* Pregnant women in Africa are 180 times more likely to die than in Western Europe
* 530,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth each year
* World population hit 6,872,741,131 on 1 January 2009
* Of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70% are women
* 80% of the world’s 27 million refugees are women
* Women own around only 1% of the world’s land
* AIDS sees women’s life expectancy of 43 in Uganda and Zambia
* 5 people are added to the world’s population every 2 seconds
* Women are 2/3 of the 1 billion+ illiterate adults who have no access to basic education

Innovation …

* Globally women comprise 42% internet users (Italy 37% … US & Canada 51%)
* In OECD countries women comrpise only 30 per cent of degrees in science and technology
* Women’s representation in computer and information sciences workforce is around 30% globally
* Female inventors still only account for around 10% of the US inventor population

Business / Finance …

* Women control $14 trillion in assets and this should grow to $22 trillion over next 10 years
* Women comprise 21 of the 37 million people living below the poverty line in the US
* Only in Japan and Peru are women more active in starting a business than men
* Women spend more time researching before they invest than men do

Media / Arts …

* Only 21% of all news subjects (people interviewed or whom the news is about) are female
* Women less than 1% department heads, editors, media owners but third of working journalists
* 80% of UK purchasing decisions are made by women but 83% of ‘creatives’ are men

Work …

* Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income
* Women’s education is the most powerful predictor of lower fertility rates
* One year out of college women earn 20% less than men and 10 years later 31% less
* Women on average are away from workforce for 14.7 years compared to 1.6 years for men
* The biggest EU gender pay gap is in Cyprus and Estonia at 25% then Slovakia at 24%

Government …

* 56% of women who voted supported Obama compared to only 49% of men voted for Obama
* Until 20 years ago there had never been more than 5% women MPs globally
* Benazir Bhutto was the first woman prime minister of a muslim country (assassinated 27/12/07)
* From the 27 EU member states, UK ranks 15 for women’s representation in national Parliaments
* From 1945 to 1995 the percentage of women MPs worldwide increased four-fold

And still women say “I’m not a feminist” They really must have low expectations for their lives.

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