Women’s Economic Opportunity

February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

JESS3 x Economist: Women’s Economic Opportunity from JESS3 on Vimeo.

You’ll soon find that I have a fetish with infographics. This one is a bit old, but clever and clear nonetheless.

This presentation on Gender Imbalance was developed by the The Economist Intelligence Unit and presented at the World In 2011 Festival.

I find it odd (embarrassing?) that the United States is now the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have a federal law mandating paid maternity leave (see this NPR map). Some states provide such laws, but not the federal government. Supposedly a majority of women now have paid maternity leave provided notwithstanding, but that majority is a bare 50.8%. We’re guaranteed 12 unpaid weeks off, but that might not matter if we loose our job.

If someone has a good justification as to why these circumstances exist in the US when they have been abolished elsewhere, I invite you to teach me via email/comment. I’ve heard the argument about hiring discrimination (that companies will avoid hiring a 30-year-old female because she is likely to get pregnant), but that doesn’t seem to haunt any of the other nations that have mandated maternity leave.

There are no doubt consequences to this lack of ours…for infants, for women, and for the men and companies those women support.

There is also other, more interesting information in this video, so watch if you please.

For fairness’ sake, do note that their measure (the “Women’s Economic Opportunity Index“) is only  in it’s first phase of development.

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