Good and bad news for women’s equality in the report by No Ceilings
- JWB Post
- March 18, 2015
A report released this month by No Ceilings – The Full Participation Project – contains both good and bad news for women. Women equality and health have been largely discussed in this report which is produced by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The good news – the happiness can be felt in the areas of health, legal rights and education for women. The global maternal mortality rate has fallen 42% in the last 20 years. Girls and boys now enroll in primary school at almost even rates, virtually closing the gender gap in early education.
The bad news – Only about 55% of women are part of the global labor force, compared with 82% of men. More than 220 million women around the world want to prevent pregnancy but lack contraception. And just 5% of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are women.
TIME writer Charlotte Alter tells Huffpost – “We’re getting there. We can position girls to fill the countless jobs in growing fields like math and computer science. We’re targeting STEM curriculum for girls. We’re letting them know that they can do it, that they can do the math, that they can do the engineering, and we want them to learn to code.”
Read the No Ceilings report here.
According to the report the crux is, women are still not on an equal footing with men globally, from birth and throughout their lives.