Who wants to close out 2018 with some depressing news?
As if this year (the last several, actually) haven't been totally brutal, a new report from the World Economic Forum has predicted that it will take 202 years to completely bridge the gender gap.
It's actually not a laughing matter, and it's true that things have improved. If we can take a moment to push this devastating report aside, we can admit that things are better than they were a decade ago. But if this current presidential administration has taught us anything, it's that we have a long way to go. Like, a very long way to go. It's such a long way to go that sometimes it feels like we'll never see the light at the end of the tunnel. And unfortunately, this new report just seems to highlight how far we actually have to go in order for women and men to be completely equal.
Should we start with the good news?There has been a slight (very slight) improvement in the gender gap since last year. Gender disparity improved less than 0.1 percent. It's something, right?
The global gender gap has improved, slightly. The reality: Differences in economic opportunity, including pay betwe… https://t.co/LQg4qUKShM— Linda Hill (@Linda Hill)1545142793.0
Gender inequality is a global issue.
"Differences in economic opportunity, including pay between men and women, are so vast it’ll take 202 years to full… https://t.co/RQACt5pTD0— Kelsey Trainor (@Kelsey Trainor)1545104722.0
It's a sobering reality.
Having children lowers women’s lifetime earnings, an outcome known as the “child penalty” https://t.co/3nQuygNSpH— The Economist (@The Economist)1544747729.0
Which countries are in the worst shape, according to the report?Countries in the Middle East and North Africa performed the worst. Ready for some more depressing facts?
A mere 34 percent of global managers are women.Put women in charge! They're great!
Which country is leading the way in the battle for gender equality?For 10 years in a row, Iceland performed the best in the report. When it comes to women's political empowerment, it ranked in first place.
Back in October, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was one of the Icelandic women who walked out of their workplace in protest of sexual harassment and pay inequality.
202 years too long! We’re committed to breaking down the barriers that contribute to the gender pay gap, which is w… https://t.co/9emKmUUn2r— Philip Morris International (@Philip Morris International)1545139790.0
Which countries were in the top 10 percent of highest equality scores?
via: World Economic ForumIceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland lead the way when it comes to gender equality.
According to the report, political empowerment is the area where the gender gaps are the biggest.The United States came in 98th for that one. "Yikes" is the word I think we're all looking for here.
We've obviously got a long way to go.In 2017, the WEF guessed that the gender gape would be closed in 217 years.
202 years is better, right?It's still way too long until we reach parity.
You would think that the more evolved our world becomes, the smaller the gap would be, yes?But according to Saadia Zahidi, the WEF's head of social and economic agendas, gender equality has taken a sort of...time out. “The overall picture is that gender equality has stalled," she said. “The future of our labour market may not be as equal as the trajectory we thought we were on."
On average across the entire world, women are paid just 63% of what men earn.Not one country exists where women are paid as much as men. Not one!
The fact that it's 2018 and gender inequality is still happening is alarming.And even though the internet can be a stressful place, it can also be a place of solitude for those of us who are incredibly fed up with everything.
Like this tweet, which is a big MOOD.
I don’t need fesmm I miss the GOOD OLD DAYS when men were MEN & women were WOMEN! and there were no VACCINES & if you got a disease you DIED— WomanAgainstFeminism (@WomanAgainstFeminism)1457903329.0
Every woman knows this situation all too well.
Whenever a woman tweets about feminism. https://t.co/DkLvkFQa27— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1497617777.0
There is haunting truth to this tweet.Hey - men - stop correcting women on Twitter! Nobody has time for that and guess what? Nobody cares.
The shade here is real.
Sure, my book focuses on teens caught in a love triangle, but the author is a guy...so it's a coming-of-age classic, not a silly YA romance.— Brooding YA Hero (@Brooding YA Hero)1498879405.0
Yup, that sounds about right.
Men: I want a girl who can drink as many beers as me & orders a burger & fries instead of salad Also men: She can't be fat tho lol— Valerie (@Valerie)1475420238.0
Say it again!
Don't hate the player, hate the social construct of performative masculinity, which encourages weak men to conform to a sexist narrative th— Gwen 🔙🔛🔝🔜 (@Gwen 🔙🔛🔝🔜)1447265145.0
Yes to this.Every character Gillian Anderson plays gets it.
When a tweet is painful and hilarious at the same time.
Another day, another 77 cents— Paige (@Paige)1415364631.0
Thank you, internet gods, for this tweet.
Real women have curves!!! Real women have spirals!!! Real women are plump and covered in a creamy sauce wait nope thinkin of pasta— Deirdre (@Deirdre)1430005617.0
Oh to live in a world where this can be true...
I'll have what HE'S having! (higher pay, right to make choices about my body, ability to walk down a street at night without fear...)— Frankie Zelnick (@Frankie Zelnick)1489786769.0
The patriarchy's fatal mistake was installing windows over the kitchen sink so we could see what was outside.— Amanda Mancino-Williams (@Amanda Mancino-Williams)1421112848.0
This is relatable.
I JOKINGLY MANSPLAINED @MLB AND GOT MANSPLAINED HELP I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING https://t.co/GYADkZdFJU— Lana Berry (@Lana Berry)1497137665.0
i’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, blocking his path on purpose and making him squeeze past me, in a display of dominance— Bec Shaw (@Bec Shaw)1434013243.0
A beautiful comparison.
The jellyfish is the most masculine creature in the sea, as it is both fragile and toxic— Dante Allegheny (@Dante Allegheny)1490707379.0
Someone collect man-bun Ken.
Man-bun Ken thinks having a mother makes him a feminist https://t.co/mW5tOavC6G— ziwe (@ziwe)1497994729.0