In the United States (U.S), women are not represented in the workforce fairly. Not only are they paid less, they don’t even make up half of the workforce’s total population.
This fact remains even though women make up more than half of the overall population in the U.S. The same kind of workforce inequalities against women exist in many other countries across the world. For instance, in India, women are largely missing from the nation’s workforce. According to a September 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute, women in India only accounted for 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.
However on the continent of Africa, there is a different story unfolding inside the economies of a whole host of nations. This past Tuesday (March 14th) Quartz Media LLC published a report online, which discussed the nations in Africa that are turning a corner in the fight for gender equality in the workforce.
“The top five countries with the highest female representation in the workforce are all in sub-Saharan Africa. Zimbabwe and Malawi lead the list with more than 52% of female share in the labor force, followed by The Gambia (50.8%), Liberia (50.6%) and Tanzania (50.5%),” wrote Quartz news contributor Abdi Dahir.
These percentages of the female workforce in the African nations named in Dahir’s report show that Africa is further ahead in gender workforce equality than a number of Western nations. “The female share in the US was 46.8%, with 47.3% in Canada and 48% in France,” Dahir also wrote. However, there is one downside to the progress women are making in the workforce on the continent of Africa. The jobs women are working do not pay as well as the jobs most men hold.
“In Africa, the twist is that the women are more likely to be engaged in the informal economy. In sub-Saharan Africa, 74% of women in contrast to 61% of men are more likely to be employed in lower-paying, informal jobs, according to the International Labor Organization,” Dahir added.
Though there is still more progress to be made, it is definitely rewarding to know that the continent where the cradle of civilization is located has gained at least some ground in the fight toward gender equality in the workforce.