Key figures


Life satisfaction

That’s the average grade women give to rate their personal life satisfaction. In a small majority of countries, women report higher average levels of life satisfaction than men.

Source: Gallup World Poll, 2012

Women on Board

That’s the percentage of women on Boards of Directors in listed companies. Norway is the only country where the percentage of women on Boards of Directors is superior to 20.

Source: OECD Gender Data Portal 2009

Gender Wage Gap

Women earn on average 15 less than men in OECD countries.

Source: OECD Gender Data Portal, 2011

Temporary employment

On average across the OECD countries, 12.5 of the female population hold a temporary work contract. That is one point more than men (11.5).

Source: OECD Employment Database, 2011

Work burden

Women devote, on average, more than twice as much time to household chores as men

Source: OECD Gender Data Portal

Work pressure on family life

In the UK, 13 of women – and 12.9 of men – experience difficulties to fulfill family responsibilities because of work several times a week.

Source: European Quality Life Survey 2012

Trust in others

Of women declare they trust others the latest year. Men report a slightly higher level of trust in others than do women.

Source: Gallup World Poll

Adult education

Only 41 of the women in OECD countries participate in Adult Education, when 49 of the men in the same countries.

Source: Education at a Glance 2012, OECD

Senior Management

In 2011, only 4.4 of the women employed in OECD countries were in a senior management position (7.7 to the men).

Source: OECD Gender Data Portal, 2011


of European graduates today are women.

Source: OECD, 2012


Women represent 40 of the world’s workforce

Source: World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development, 2011

BLI Specifics

of South American women rate Education as either very important or extremely important to their Quality of Life. It is the highest rated item of the OECD Better Life Index by South American women.

Source:  Better Life Index, OECD

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