Women comprise half of the world’s population; but barely half of them participate in the workforce — yet many would like to, according to a new report from Gallup and the International Labour Organization.
Seventy percent of women worldwide say they’d prefer to see women in the workforce holding down paid jobs, either in tandem with or without also caring for their homes and families.
The total is more than double the amount who feel women should stay at home.
In some regions, such as Northern, Southern and Western Europe, both genders have very similar opinions about women in the workforce. Nearly nine in 10 women and men in the region feel women should work at paid jobs or would like to see women are employed in addition to caring for their families and homes.
Gender gaps are also almost nonexistent or extremely narrow in other regions, including sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Asia and Northern America.
Find out more about how both genders in various parts of the world feel women should handle work from Gallup.