South Africa. Latvia. Ecuador. Cuba. Argentina. Namibia. Bolivia. Nicaragua.
These are just some of the 35 nations that rank higher than Australia when it comes to paying women.
The list also includes Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, the countries we know are star performers when it comes to treating men and women as equal citizens.
Each year the World Economic Forum publishes a gender gap report that looks at four things: education, political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, and health and survival.
In a nutshell it asks:
Are women as well educated as men?
Do they have the same opportunities and pay at work?
Are their voices equally represented in politics?
Do they enjoy the same access to healthcare as men?
For ten years the WEF has looked at these four criteria in over 100 countries and ranked them accordingly.
The overall gap has closed by 4% in the past decade, with the economic gap closing by just 3%. It’s taken 10 years for women, on average, to earn what men were earning ten years ago.
At this pace of change it will take another 118 years for men and women to be equal. That means 2133 is going to be our year. (I won’t get the ice out to chill any champagne just yet.)
In 2006 Australia came in 15th place and we’ve moved backwards every year since. Between 2014 and 2015 Australia has slipped from position 24 to position 36. It’s a slip we need to talk about.
It is driven by a decrease in how women fare at work: in 2015 shouldn’t a nation like Australia be progressing, not regressing, in the way women engage in the workforce?