International Women’s Day

International-Womens-Day LogoThe Guardian’s Datablog celebrated International Women’s Day with an interactive map showing the evolution of women’s political rights around the world. The map shows the expansion of women’s suffrage, the right to stand for election, and the first woman elected to office by year around the world. You can also look at specific countries and see the proportion of women in office, the female unemployment rate, deaths per childbirth, and a host of other country-level statistics. The site is certainly worth a look.

It also raises some interesting questions about the level of gender inequality around the world.

On his blog at The Atlantic, Philip Cohen exposed a classic factoid that proves to be incorrect: that women, while performing two-thirds of the world’s work receive less than 10 percent of the world’s income and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property. Along the way, he highlights the problems of global economic statistics more generally. Caveat Emptor!


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