I am a white, college educated, working/lower middle class, female Midwest resident. I have been extremely privileged in living the lifestyle I have been for the past 22 years. This semester as I focus my studies on Gandhi, Hemingway, magazine writing and publication, I try to constantly remind myself how grateful I should be to have this opportunity to learn. Because, well, getting an education hasn’t always been possible–and my lifestyle is nowhere near a guarantee for women around the world.
Today I came across this article from Huffington Post writer Soraya Chemaly. Focusing on the UN’s recent gender issues’ statistics, Chemaly notes and comments on women’s place in society today, highlighting that women only own 1% of the world’s property.
“Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”
“Women’s nominal wages are 17 percent lower than men’s.” UN Gender Issues