Women have been struggling for decades to achieve equal status to men when it comes to the workplace. The statistics are way too familiar. In the US, for full-time, year-round workers, women earn around 33% less than men for the same job. For women of color, the gap is even wider.

Women are also more likely to work in more precarious forms of employment with low earnings, little financial security and few or no social benefits. This results in that women also tend to own fewer assets, as a lack of control over household income constrains their ability to accumulate capital.

A lot is being done today to revert this unfortunate situation: every day, women and men, through companies, international organizations and NGOs are raising awareness about the problem and creating practical solutions to improve the conditions for women in the workplace around the world.

This does not mean that women should ignore the reality of the numbers in making career decisions today. They must be aware that, by entering the workforce, they are most likely embarking in a path of climbing uphill. There is also no reason for them to ignore that tradition, convention and circumstances, more often than not, place the responsibility for children upbringing and household chores on their shoulders.

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