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On International Women's Day, just how far are women away from equality?

By Chase WadeMarch 8, 2016

03/08/16

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Sarah Brown leads the Women for Women International Join Me On The Bridge campaign march to the Millennium Bridge on March 8, 2010. Downing Street/Flickr

1. There's no denying that women have made considerable strides towards professional, economic and social equality over the past century. Compared to the first International Women's Day in 1908, women now make up half of the United States' workforce and actually earn college degrees at a higher percentage than men. The good news doesn't stop there. A number of metrics prove women's march towards equality hasn't been in vain.

2. All progress considered, how much work is there left for women to do? Quite a lot, says a new report from the International Labour Organization. Examining data from 178 different countries, the report concluded that women work much longer hours, (both paid and unpaid) compared to men. Also, the global gender gap budged only 0.6 percentage points since 1995. All eyes are on the year 2030 when the agency hopes women will finally reach true professional equality, with help from the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Agenda. 

3. So, is women's progress to equality slowing down?

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