Eighth of March has recently also become a holiday in Germany - though only in Berlin. German Frau are smart, hard-working, they are great mothers and wonderful wives - and they are also very brave, because every day - like millions of other women around the world - they stand up for their rights in the male world.
One of the largest wage gaps in Europe
The Gender Pay Gap in Germany is one of the largest in Europe. On average, a German woman earned 19 percent less than her male compatriot in 2019, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research. Moreover, this trend has remained unchanged for many years. Thus, in the overall standings in terms of Gender Pay Gap from 34 countries, Germany was in third place from the bottom. The situation is even worse only in Austria and Estonia. As part of the study, experts studied the general level of gross salaries for both sexes without taking into account other factors (education level, position, and so on).
According to sociologists, the relatively low wage gap in many countries, for example, in Italy, is most likely partly due to the fact that women there either do not work in principle, or work in a fairly qualified job for which they are well paid. True, in the Scandinavian countries there are even more working women than in Germany, and the wage gap is still lower.
Women's quota for German business
Women in leadership positions in German business are also rare. The 200 largest German companies have only 11.5% of women on the board of directors. For many years there has been a debate in German society about the introduction of the so-called “women's quota” (Frauenquote), but so far such a gender quota has been in effect only on the supervisory boards of large companies.
In early January, the federal government approved a bill introducing a gender quota on the board of large companies - if it has more than three people, one of them must be a woman. The bill has yet to be approved by the Bundestag.
Discussion about its expediency flared up around the initiative again. “Many women, including my peers, do not want to be quota women. We want to go the other way. We went through fire, water and copper pipes, and we want to be respected for that, ”says 41-year-old Bundestag member Jana Schimke.