The number of women on the boards of major companies is increasing. The gap to men’s wages has shrunk by a good ten percentage points to 16 per cent in the past 30 years, most of all in low wages. More women than ever, nearly three quarters, live on their income. Ten years ago that was not quite two-thirds.
The other side: There, where the right power lies in the company and no quota is prescribed, in the boards, nothing changes. And at the very top, the gender pay gap is still the biggest, and it has only slightly reduced in three decades. Still, the working hour of a very well-paid woman is less than a quarter worth less than that of a man. Closely followed by the lower end of the scale: low paid women still receive one fifth less than low paid workers, and thus the risk of poverty for women has risen by about 50 per cent in the past ten years.
It Looks Better For Younger Women
A closer look at the numbers shows, however, that the glass is not half empty, but a little more than half full. For younger women, the situation looks better at all levels, and they may be the first to turn education into more money and more equality. Incidentally, irrespective of whether they come from immigrant or immigrant families, provided that the education system and the labour market do not discriminate against the latter because of their names, skin colour or headscarf.
So far the economic side, the basis of equality. Without economic independence – not just for women – emancipation is out of the question. The cultural, the field of mission statements and values, looks similarly mixed: While the film industry is under pressure to abolish the casting couches and quoting on the canvas, rattled the proportion of women in the Bundestag from 2013 to 2017 by six percentage points down so rapidly like never before. He is now less than a third. The fraction on the right wants to make politics in the sense of the supposedly natural differences between men and women again, and in 2018 the Bundestag – and not just the right wing – will discuss whether women have the right to be openly informed about where they abort legally can.
The Disappointment Of The Feminists
Whether it is a danger that the AfD Germany wants to lead gender policy back on the path? The woman could also be encouraged: Apparently enough has been achieved that panic ensues on the part of those who fear it. No homeland ministry will help against this kind of fears; the homeland, which many see not least in orderly gender relations, can not be decorated with alpine panoramas.
The disappointment and anger of even older feminists is understandable: they see what they have been fighting for decades with success at risk, by immigrants from gender-hierarchical cultures of origin as well as those who justify their racism with the dignity of women on the right, which is allegedly threatened only by these new ones, the Others.
But there is no reason to despair. The progress is always fluid; he knows backsteps, developments are forgotten, maybe even if their results are so obvious that nobody talks about it anymore. It may be an impertinence, but it is inevitable that even for the preservation of the already secured once again must be fought anew. To those who know so well where the place of a woman or a man is heard loudly, at work, at school or on the street. Whether they are called Hassan or Heinz.
Fighting is worthwhile. Because the situation of women in a society always gives information about their whole: how equal, how peaceful, how open and democratic it is. The chance to win is good. And in the interest of both, no: all genders.
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