Why this story matters:
It starts with relatively small, unsurprising matters like domestic chores: 72% of women claim to be handling daily chores at home, whereas only 29% of men do so. But, looking closely at the numbers, one wonders how this domestic disproportion impacts other domains.
For example, while every third professional chef in Germany is a woman, no German restaurant with a female head chef ever received a Michelin star -- and Germany can boast over a hundred awarded restaurants.
Politics are by far the most concerning area, especially at the local level: only 9% of mayors are women.
At the national level, women make up just a third of all MPs.
Considering that Merkel avoids the term "feminist" when describing herself, and that a radical, right-wing, anti-feminist party has just entered the Bundestag, it would be naive to hope for improvement in the immediate future.
Details from the story:
- In German universities, 69.6% of professors are men.
- In business, women make up 24,6% of members of directing boards in the biggest German companies.
- Out of the 60 richest Germans, 14 are women.
- On average, women earn 21% less than men.
- When a moderator asked the participants of the Women20 summit to raise their hands if they were feminists, Angela Merkel did not raise her hand.