September 23, 2020

Weekly Chart: Women in the Workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean


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Women’s participation in the global workforce has fallen 2 percent since 1990. But it’s a different case in and the , where it’s jumped 14 points. The region saw women join the workforce at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world, adding up to 80 million more working women since the 1960s.

Getting women into the workforce, however, and into top decision-making roles in companies is another story. Latin America lags behind other regions with only 6.4 percent of board seats held by women. At that pace, it’ll take until 2042 for women to make up 30 percent of board seats—a general threshold companies and governments consider when drafting legislation or goals. U.S. and Canadian businesses, on the other hand, are expected to get there by 2021.

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