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Gender equality at work more than 200 years off: WEF

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By JOE RAEDLE

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You had better interview Japanese girls at the corner of Japan. Most of them are satisfied with current situation and don't want higher position in firms.

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A typical 40 something male has considerably more work experience than a typical 40 something female.

I can't think of one perk I have that women at my work don't

At my client's workplace where I go regularly, everyone is a number registered at HR, the difference being that about half the women routinely arrive late and leave early due to childhood duties. A guy could technically do the same, but they don't, perhaps because they effectively aren't allowed to.

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And women are significantly under-represented in growing areas of employment that require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, WEF said.

So? Men are under-represented in nursing and education. Men and women make different career choices. Countries that have the most freedom of choice for both sexes regarding career-choice find that even MORE men choose STEM fields and MORE women choose nursing and child-care.

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Agree with above comments.

One thing that renders the gender pay gap extra deceptive is when they wrongly add the "for equal work". There is no pay gap when comparing equal work.

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Burning BushToday 07:34 am JST

I can't think of one perk I have that women at my work don't.

Our salaries and benefits are exactly the same.

Is it different at other companies?

Same here the so called gender pay gap has been debunked so many times - the real reason is women chose lower income professions.

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I can't think of one perk I have that women at my work don't.

Our salaries and benefits are exactly the same.

Is it different at other companies?

The pay gap is a natural outcome of male/female inclinations. Its not a "problem".

The figures are distorted because men work in fields orientated towards profit and women work in fields oriented towards caring, as a general rule. Much of that caring work is paid for by government, ie taxpayers and the profit motive does not exist to the same degree as it does in say sales, tech, engineering, construction, mining etc etc.

Naturally where the profit motive exists, the rewards are going to be greater and this is why the overall gap exists and will continue to exist unless men are fired on mass which modern day feminists would love.

Men at the top of organizations? No surprise. The top 100 U.S companies are by nature oriented towards profit and so potential leaders are drawn from what is going to be largely male dominated field.

And women are significantly under-represented in growing areas of employment that require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, WEF said.

Women are interested in people, men are interesting in things. Naturally more men are going to filter to STEM. And the problem is? You cannot shoehorn women into professions they are not interested in. Why distort natural inclinations? What is the point? Remove any barriers that do exist, of which there are none in the developed world and let women choose to do what they want. It, by in large, won't be STEM fields, outside of perhaps medicine. Given the aging population, who do you think is going to take care of the elderly. Ill give you a clue, it won't be men...and in that there are huge job opportunities for women, by they won't pay as much as an engineer unless you raise taxes through the roof.

But it warned that these were offset by declining representation of women in politics, coupled with greater inequality in their access to health and education.

We have quotas now increasingly in political representation. A stupid idea, but there it is. Women outnumber men in education by a large margin, so I assume this doesn't apply to the developed world.

It decried the particularly low participation of women within the artificial intelligence field, where they make up just 22 percent of the workforce.

Back to the STEM argument.

But at the same time, the report showed that there are now proportionately fewer women than men participating in the workforce, suggesting that automation is having a disproportionate impact on jobs traditionally performed by women.

There is no doubt automation impacts men more. That is straight up nonsense.

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I can't think of one perk I have that women at my work don't.

Our salaries and benefits are exactly the same.

Is it different at other companies?

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