12 Mar 2018

How gender equal is Germany?

A dire overview of gender inequalities was released by Die Zeit: smaller salaries, under-representation in upper management of big business and, most surprisingly considering the current head of state, a lack of access to political power.

Daria Sukharchuk
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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.

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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.
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