Australian women most economically advanced

A new report has found that Australian women are the world’s most economically empowered.

In a week of contradicting information, a new report has found that Australian women are the world’s most economically advanced. This report comes in the wake of the debate over sexism and misogyny in Canberra, as well as the Australian Council of Social Services’s (ACOSS) report which showed that more than 2.25 million Australians are living in poverty, and the Global Wealth report by Credit Suisse which found that Australians are the richest people in the world.

The study, undertaken by the international consulting and management firm Booz & Company, looked at a number of factors. The report compared the performance of 128 countries in providing women with:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary education
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Access to childcare
  • Property ownership rights
  • Ability to access credit

Australia ranked first out of the 128 countries, followed by Norway, Sweden, Finland and New Zealand. The countries at the bottom of the list were Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and Chad.

The report also looked at wage equality, what percentage of the workforce was made up by woman and whether women held high ranking positions, such as managers, senior business leaders and politicians.

Read the original report from Booz & Company.

Comment – A little bit backward

Australian women are the most economically empowered in the world (according to this report). We, as a country, are now the benchmark. Australian women are some of the best educated in the world – more than 50 per cent of all university graduates in Australia are women.

But on average in Australia women earn 17.5 per cent less than their male counterparts, female graduates earn $2000 per annum less upon entering the workforce than male graduates and only 3 per cent of ASX 200 CEOs are women. And that all looks so much worse now that we know we’re as good as it gets.

I can understand there being fewer women in the workforce than men. Internationally women are the primary caregivers for children and the elderly, which makes it more difficult to build a career. But to pay those women who are working less than a man who does exactly the same job seems, to this woman, pretty backward.

Is this just the way the world works? Is it good that Australian women are the world’s most economically empowered, or sad that we’re as good as it gets? And have you ever experienced gender discrimination in the workplace?


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    17th Oct 2012
    If a person is capable of doing the job and is suitably qualified, where does a persons age or sex enter into the agreement? Come on women stand up and demand equal pay! Shame on the employers for exploiting them for so long.
    17th Oct 2012
    you are not comparing the right statistics. Because we are overall a wealthy country, it does not mean that every one is. For instance in Scadanvian countries women are usually about 50% or more of company boards. Women earn as much as men.
    I think Gina Rienhardt all by herself could upset the way these statistics work out. We just are not good at sharing.
    You also don't understand, it is not about paying them more for less work, it is about giving them opportunites that they currently miss out on because they are not at work as a constant. They might spend sometime, say a year caring for a parent, or a child and that is on parttime work (if they are lucky) that means they lose their seniority...that is where it gets tricky.
    18th Oct 2012
    this is not the article I wrote this comment appears to be differnt??
    17th Oct 2012
    I have absolutely NO problem if payments are made for the job irrespective of who does that job.
    Payment for the job YES but NO to set ratio of male to female.
    Best person for the job irrespective.

    As most of us have worked where payment depended on gender we have experienced discrimination even though we may have not realised at the time.

    The world has a massive distance to cover.

    I am grateful to my departed parents for my attitude.
    17th Oct 2012
    I think that as Oz [global] societies change the roles that are played by the genders will change as well. When I was in my teens girls were denied the right to wear bikinis and a local girl was expelled from a beach - none board surfed. That was only 50 years ago. I foresee company structures that have a creche included as private childcare costs escalate. Many Victorian/religious era attitudes are still hanging on but are being slowly eroded away allowing women greater freedom of lifestyle choice. The male 'ceiling' barrier is crumbling and will continue to do so.
    17th Oct 2012
    Another left wing feminist whinger of the kind we've heard so much from lately. It is not "as good as it gets". Our society is changing for the better all the time. In my lifetime I have seen a steady, marked diminution of discriminatory attitudes and this, I have no doubt, will continue at an increasing rate. You should be aware that cultural changes do not occur overnight and will not be hastened by damning Australia. Just be grateful that in Australia you wont get a bullet in the head for expressing these views.
    fish head
    17th Oct 2012
    I worry when statisticians roll the education dice into the mix. High wages rarely are guaranteed by a piece of paper. It may get you in the front door for a job interview but beyond that performance is all. Yes, the educational standard of women in Australia is high. We have been brainwashed for the last 30 years that only a University degree will do. During 40 years of teaching my heart always bled for those pupils who were not academically able and whose parents were not prepared to accept this. However in this country we women do have a choice unlike many other countries.
    17th Oct 2012
    Thank you,fish head,for making these observations.While it does not concern women,my 3 sons were not,as you say,academically able.I did however recognise this and rather than push them further in the school system got them into the TAFE system.They eventually all gained apprenticeships and were tradesmen before some of their mates,who had gone on to year 12 had found any sort of work.Because of qualifications gained later and his work experience my second son is now doing a job normally filled by a university graduate.
    17th Oct 2012
    A lot depends upon the salary scales appropriate tot the profession. I worked in pathology, and women are paid the same as men according to the level they are both on.I totally agree with Shell24a, if they can do the job as well as a man, then they should be paid the same salary.
    17th Oct 2012
    There was a mention of education above. I would like to know why some reporters treat the average Australian's education to a grade 4 level. The point in question was on the Sunday programme on Channel 7. The story was concerning Toxoplasma gondii, the causative sporozoan of Toxoplasmosis. He said, 'otherwise known as Toxo' It is not, it is known as Toxoplasmosis. Does he think it is too hard a word to say. The people that watch that programme are adults, so they should be treated as such, not as pupils from grade 4 or 5. Educate the masses.
    17th Oct 2012
    Correct me if I am wrong, but where an award is involved, my experience is that there is equality for all, depending on experience and qualifications. However, where women are lagging is in private corporations, where one has to assert their worth and push a lot more to gain attention, career advancement and a better salary. Men generally in the past have had more confidence and initiative to get ahead, but I am hoping that this will change with the younger generation of women, not only more educated, but more eloquent and worldy.
    18th Oct 2012
    Would Gina Reinhart cop as much flak is she wasn't a woman?

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