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Are women really still second-class citizens?

A recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says its findings highlight the ongoing challenges women face in and out of the workplace, with little improvement being made during the past 20 years. Reports and others like it often rely on the numbers to uncritically justify their positions. Yet I argue the reasons are often based in culture rather than outright discrimination. While discrimination certainly exists, the numbers should not obscure the very real progress which has been made by women (and men). Continue reading

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