The global share of women in national parliaments rose from 15.1 percent in 2003 to 21.8 percent in 2014.*
In 2020, women have made significant improvements in their social and economic positions, largely due to better access to education and employment. Shifting dynamics in women’s attitudes towards family life and childbearing (with more choosing to postpone marriage and children) cause a change in the conventional trajectory for life events and career decisions. Growth areas in industry and employment become the primary driver in career choices, rather than traditional conceptions of “gender skills.”
Markets with aging populations see men moving into traditionally female-dominated caring professions, while countries with growing technology and engineering industries like China and India see a faster elimination of the gender imbalance in the STEM sectors.
As a consequence of declining birth rates and increased opportunities for women, maternal health globally improves considerably. We see fewer orphans, declining malnutrition, greater academic enrollment and performance and other positive contributions to social stability.
*”Women in National Parliaments,” Inter Parliamentary Union, http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/world.htm.