Thursday, March 11, 2010

Status of Women in Europe

The status of women in Europe is high when compared to that of women in other parts of the world. However, in Europe itself, there seems to be a difference in the status of women between northern and southern countries.

The reason behind this is that the areas where women fought for their rights most was in the northern areas of Europe in the 1960s.

One thing Europeans can be proud about when it comes to gender equality is that governments have really made an effort to introduce gender equality into society, unlike some continents such as Asia.

Despite this, the situation in southern European countries is quite different: Although the laws in northern European countries and that of the South may be extremely similar, studies in 2004 show that the employment rate of women in Italy was 15% less than that of men. Also, these statistcs show that women earned a salary 20% less than that of men with the same educated background. This inequality is mainly due to male-dominant ideas in society.

Another example of gender inequality in Europe is Switzerland. Nowadays, Swiss women enjoy an equal status with men, but until 1971 Swiss women did not have the right to vote. Another aspect of inequality in this particular country is that, even now the enrollment of girls in schools is lower than that of boys.

Albeit having said all this, the situation of gender equality in Europe is quite under control.


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