Disparity

Women still lag behind men because of child-rearing, home-making

A woman hangs her laundry at a school that serves as a temporary shelter for homeless survivors of tropical storm Washi in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao island December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Despite “tremendous” economic improvement over the past two decades, during which 2 billion people have seen improvements in job opportunities, healthcare, and sanitation, women are disproportionately left out of the gains, according to a new report from the United Nations. Women continue to perform more unpaid labor than men in developing and developed countries, including cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing, which affects their ability for economic and social advancement.  The problem could become worse in future decades as working women are tasked with caring for an aging population. The UN report recommends that countries institute policies that allow for more paid parental leave for both sexes, narrow the pay gap between men and women in the paid workforce, and that men take on more of the unpaid labor.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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