This #IWD2021 we’re pondering what it would feel like to live in a world where everyone were EQUAL
And we asked some of our trusty social media followers what they imagined it might look like. Here are some of the answers
NO WAGE GAP
Women will eventually achieve pay parity, but it will take 202 years, according to the World Economic Forum
NO ORGASM GAP
95% of straight men always orgasm during sex, compared with 65% of straight women. For casual hook ups, the gap is 80% of men to only 40% of women.
NO SEXUAL ASSAULT GAP
One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
NO EDUCATION GAP
Women account for two thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills. The Australian economy would gain $8 billion if women transitioned from tertiary education into the workforce at the same rate as men.
NO SUPERANNUATION GAP
Currently, the average superannuation payout for women in Australia is a third of the payout for men - $37,000 compared with $110, 000
NO REPRESENTATION GAP
Only 7 of the 150 elected heads of state in the world are women, and only 11 of the 192 heads of government. The stats are similar at a local level.
NO CAREER GAP
Globally, men are 26% more likely to be employed, with some regions facing a 50% gap. Women tend to work in low-quality jobs in more vulnerable conditions with little improvement forecast.
NO PINK TAX GAP
Women's hygiene products cost on average 13% more than male products. And women make just $0.79 for every $1.00 a man makes.
NO OPPORTUNITY GAP
30.2% of boards and governing bodies have no female directors. By contrast, only 0.4% had no male directors.
NO MEDICAL RESEARCH GAP
In over 90 percent of cases, women experience stronger side effects from prescription drugs than men and have adverse drug reactions at nearly twice the rate of men because clinical trials have traditionally been performed on men's bodies. Women's bodies menstruate and are therefore put in the too hard basket.
NO PUBLIC TOILET GAP
Women need more toilets than men. Women urinate more frequently, menstruate and often have shopping, kids and prams yet there are generally the same amount of women’s toilets as there are men’s, leaving long queues and fed up, angry, late females.
NO GENDER GAP
The gender gap list is long and depressing. Let's face it, it wasn't long ago that women weren't allowed to vote, have a bank account, say 'no' to their husband, have a job once they had babies and were considered property to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
We have come a long way in a short time but the gap is still there, often in insidious ways that we don't even realise. Cities for example, are designed primarily by men for men, making public life that much more difficult and dangerous for women.
Let's imagine a more equal world this IWD 2021
OTHER 'GAPS' WE RECOGNISEWhen female bodied people are more equally represented in our culture, we can look forward to a more connected, cohesive society with less rates of anti-social behaviour and violence plus better health and well-being. Gender equality is a human right.
PLEASE NOTE: For trans-women, queer, non-white, poor and under-privileged women, outcomes for wages, education, opportunity, health, career, sexual assault, domestic violence....the list goes on, the gaps are significantly wider.