Am I the only one who is tired of having to justify why women matter, asks Frances Mensah Williams. Surely the value of a woman should be a no-brainer
March 8th was International Women’s Day and I am trying to stay upbeat about where we are as women, but having a hard time doing so.
International Women’s Day was a global day of recognition and celebration of women and in many countries it was an official holiday. 2011 is the global centenary year, commemorating 100 years since International Women’s Day was first marked.
As another year passes, in some areas women continue to make progress and to chart new gains and achievements. But, in many other areas, the benefits that women can bring to business and to service is being undervalued and underutilised.
In a recent report, the United States Government Accountability Office found that, in all but three of the 13 industries covered by the report, women had a smaller share of management positions than they did of that industry’s overall work force. The sectors where women were more heavily represented in management than outside of it were construction, public administration and transportation and utilities.
Across the industries, while the gender gap in managers’ pay “narrowed slightly” over the past decade, even after adjusting for demographic differences, the reality is that female full-time managers earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by male full-time managers in 2007, compared with 79 cents in 2000. Slight indeed.