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The pandemic delayed the progress of women's employment


Due to the effect of Covid and the confinements, 10 years of progress in the world of work were lost.

Annabella quiroga

07/31/2021 12:00

  • Clarí

  • Economy

Updated 07/31/2021 12:00

The data from the World Economic Forum are conclusive: the pandemic was devastating for women in the workplace.

The specific data from the Forum shows that the global gender gap - the time necessary for men's and women's incomes to equalize -

went from 99.5 to 135.6 years.

The businesswoman Mónica Flores Barragán, Manpower's general manager for Latin America, manages her own measurement.

"With the pandemic, we lost ten years of progress in the world of work," he

said at the meeting "Women who cross borders" organized by


“The gender issue is not something that should be approached as a social task, it is a business issue.

The companies that have diversity are the ones that innovate the most ”.

The debate entitled "Women who cross borders" century of talks, the world is coming. Photo: Rafael Mario Quinteros

"Stereotypes are reinforced in movies, in advertising and in language within the family," Barragán described. This often causes women to self-restrict themselves and not fight for a promotion. “Today many women do not want to raise their hands because they are more concerned with being perfect in all environments than with moving up in the world of work.

Only one in 10 women who have maternity leave continues to train,

"said the executive.

According to Manpower data,

the average wage gap today is 17% and in some industries it reaches 25%.

This gap is not spontaneous, it is built over the years. “Normally men and women enter the company with the same salary. But while after having children 52% of men ask for a raise,

only 7% of women ask for a higher salary after becoming a mother.

Rather, women take a step back thinking that they are doing them a favor by employing them as mothers, ”Barragán described.

"We have to have

a pay equity policy

and an annual audit so that leaders are responsible for controlling that this gap does not widen and so that women can raise their hands and take on new professional challenges," concluded Barragán.

The confidence gap

Irini Wentinck, director of WTK Conductores Eléctricos, mentioned the trust gap that makes women “not want to take on more responsibilities because we are not sure if we will be able to face that burden.

You have to work on this, which is the biggest barrier to growth ”.

The "confidence gap" was a reference in the talk by Sofía Soulez, CEO of Soaljo, who stressed that it even affects new generations.

We have the confidence gap unconsciously


we need an educational and family support, but also personal, to be aware of this gap and want to change it ”.


Look also

Women entrepreneurs who were able to cross borders

Women, leading the primordial battles

Source: clarin

All business articles on 2021-07-31

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