International Women’s Day in Numbers

International Women’s Day in Numbers

7th March 2019 0 By bearded ladies

To celebrate both World Maths’ Day and International Women’s Day – we have pulled together some enlightening female facts and figures.

+  Some of the stats are encouraging and demonstrate positive change.

–   Sadly others are both disheartening and frustrating

=  Equality is far from a reality. We are heading in the right direction but clearly still have a long way to go. . .



Due to the (UK) gender pay gap the average woman effectively works ‘for free’ for 2 months of the year 

That is an approx 17.9% difference in pay between men and women (source TUC)

+ Age groups 30 to 39  and 40 to 49 years have witnessed the most significant narrowing in the gender pay gap in the last 10 years (uk).

+ In 2018  Iceland has made it illegal to pay women less than men.



Women make up 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives and 32% of MPs in the House of Commons.

+ Whilst slowly improving, the UK and US lag behind the rest of the world – Rwanda tops the world ranking with  61.3% of females in lower parliament  (source weparli)

Violence and the Law

Domestic violence is not considered a crime in over 20 countries according to the Huffington Post

– 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in her lifetime (office for national statistics)



+ On average, women live 2 to 5 years longer than men, a fact which holds true in every country in the world. (

– In the UK, life expectancy has not improved since 2015 – remaining at 79.2 yrs for men and 82.9 for women



Women make up more than 2/3 of the world’s 796 million illiterate people. (source UN Women)

+Girls who enter secondary education are x6 less likely to become child brides (source girls not brides)

+In 2018 females 36% more females than males applied for university places (Uk –source ucas). Panama,  Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica and Brunei have some of the world’s highest female to male student ratios in the world.



2018’s Fortune 500 companies have just 24 female CEOS

Less than 20 percent of the world’s landholders are women. (source UN Women)

+ Women in self employment is on the rise.  In 2016, an estimated 163 million women were starting or running new businesses in 74 economies around the world.


And finally . . .

+Women speak about 20,000 words a day. That’s 13,000 more than the average male . . .

But men lie twice as much – around 6 times a day!? Just saying . . .