Old stereotypes of women alive in modern Ireland

WOMEN continue to lose out in the battle of the sexes.

A report shows the glass ceiling is still very much in place for them.

A Central Statistics Office (CSO) study published yesterday shows women work less, earn less, are more qualified, live longer and are more likely to suffer depression than men.

On top of this, they continue to be out in the cold as far as holding seats in the Dáil, Seanad and local authorities is concerned.

However, more men are unemployed and suffer from higher rates of alcoholism, schizophrenia and criminality.

The latest official study of the battle of the sexes also reveals many of the old stereotypes of women are alive and well in modern Ireland.

Of the more than 886,500 women employed in Ireland last year, one fifth are in secretarial or clerical positions. This compares with just 5.5% of men.

Women are also consistently earning less then their male counterparts.

The CSO study shows that, in education, women continue to outperform men.

They are more likely to have a third-level qualification, with 51% of those aged 25-34 having a third-level qualification compared with 38.7% of men in the age group.

Head of policy with the National Women’s Council of Ireland Orla O’Connor said the report showed women continued to be under-represented in political and economic life. A commitment to more gender equality in the renewed Programme for Government is called for.

“There is a pattern of young women continuing to do well in education but in employment and in the political sphere they are not breaking through so that glass ceiling is still very much there. The pay gap is not being decreased and in terms of employment, women continue to be concentrated in certain sectors,” she said.

Ms O’Connor also said children impact on women to a much greater degree than men.

“Children in a family has a significant impact on women in society and the workplace much more so than men. There needs to be a greater distribution of care work in terms of women and men,” she said.


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