On International Women's Day, just how far are women away from equality?
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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Air India grounds flight attendants for weight
1) If you ever find yourself on an Air India flight, you might want to cool it with those free peanuts. The airline has come under fire after "grounding" more than 100 flight attendants due to their high Body Mass Indexes. Air India insists that its female flight attendants maintain a BMI between 18 and 22. Males are required to maintain a BMI between 18 and 25.
2) Critics of Air India call their BMI policy sexist, as females are prone to higher BMI numbers than men. However, Air India's BMI policy has been enforced for years. In 2009, the airline canned 10 female flight attendants who didn't meet their BMI requirements.
3) So, is there such a thing as being too fat to fly?
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Are you currently staring at your newly-framed diploma, dreaming of the millions of dollars coming your way? Keep dreaming, says a new study from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. The center concludes that even with a shiny college degree, securing high-paying employment is becoming increasingly difficult over time. The study relied on data from the United States Census Bureau to disprove the notion that America's economy is in need of highly-skilled workers. In fact, it argues the opposite: highly-skilled workers (read: those with degrees) are often left settling for work below their skill level or pay grade. Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by the slow-adapting work force? *raises hand*
What's worse than losing your life partner, your job or your marriage? Here's a hint: it involves dirty diapers. A happiness survey of more than 2,000 Germans taken before, and after, the first year of parenthood found that raising a child had a profoundly negative effect on the parents' satisfaction with life. The survey, which helps explains Germany's stagnant population growth, surprised researchers as happiness decreased equally between genders, as both fathers and mothers reported increased dissatisfaction. So, next time you recieve the infamous "When am I going to be a grandmother?" text from your mom, just have the full report on standby.