Most female economists find deficiencies in equality at work

According to a survey performed by The Finnish Business School Graduates in May 2012, 56 per cent of female economists find deficiencies in the realisation of equality at their workplaces. Women find working life attitudes to be old-fashioned and career advancement to be more difficult for them than it is for men. Furthermore, women feel that they are doing a better job than their male colleagues and even correcting their errors.

The survey revealed that female economists with children experience more challenges with the realisation of equality than those who have no children. On the other hand, young women find the realisation of equality to be challenging: merely 26 per cent of female economists without children and under 30 years of age do not experience any challenges with equality.

Responsibility for daily routines increases equality deficiency

A problematic aspect in the realisation of equality in working life is that women often assume wider responsibility for everyday family routines than men do – at the expense of their own careers. According to the survey, female economists do not seize opportunities in the same way that men do, in addition to which their salary requests (Set your salary request right) are lower than those of men.

Regardless of gender, equality-related challenges grow as people age. For example, more than 70 per cent of respondents over 60 years old experienced challenges with the realisation of equality at their own workplaces.

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Most female find deficiencies in equality at work

See also:

Act on Equality between Women and Men (in Finnish)

Gender equality website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Akava's equality website (in Finnish)

Gender equality into pay systems. Observations in the TAPAS Project on developing of pay systems. Publications of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2012. (in Finnish)

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