Despite Success in Politics Many Latin American Women Still Experience Gender Discrimination
The likely victory of Michelle Bachelet in Chile’s presidential elections will strengthen women’s political power in Latin America, a region where while progressing, still sees millions of women as the victims of discrimination and violence.
Despite women’s success in top positions in politics, a Latin American woman with thirteen or more years of schooling still earns 37% less than men with the same education, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).
In addition, the female unemployment rate (9.1%) is 1.4 times higher than the male, which is 6.3%, according to the UN, and very few women reach senior positions in the companies.
According to the Latin Business Chronicle American publication, as only 1.8% of all Latin American companies are run by women and, of the 500 largest companies in the region, only nine are headed by a woman.