Is America truly the land of opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender? Or are other places in the world more conducive to womens careers in the media? The answer to this question is more complex than you might think. If you subdivide the world into seven regions, you can get contradictions not just across different sides of the ocean, but within regions as well. The regions we looked at are: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Nordic Europe, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and Oceana.
1. Eastern Europe 48%
2. Nordic Europe 43.4%
3. Western Europe 43.20%
4. Sub-Saharan Africa 41.7%
5. The Americas 36.8%
6. Middle East and North Africa 35.1%
7. Asia and Oceana 20.7%
If you combined, all the statistical data into one huge lump sum, then roughly 35.1% of women across the world are employed in positions of some authority.
But even if women are employed in larger numbers in a given region, does that mean their salaries are high too? How do they rate when stacked up against male colleagues in the same field? Well, lets look at the average salary for women in top-level management in each region:
Nordic Europe $109,230.20
Eastern Europe $27,300.28
Western Europe $374,324.69
The Americas $89,242.23
Sub Saharan Africa $28,300.34
Middle East and Northern Africa $18,332.14
Asia and Oceania $41,986.59
In most regions, women employed in top-level management earn significantly less than their male colleagues. In the Americas, for example, men earn an average of $115,934.37. The only regions that did not follow this trend is Asia and Oceania, where men earn, on average, approximately $6000 less per year than women. So while Eastern Europe may lead the pack when it comes to promoting female employees, they earn much less on average than men in the same fields a trend that is echoed in almost every other continent.
So, where does the glass ceiling hang when it comes to each region? Are some countries more progressive than others on the same continent? Not surprisingly, the answer is yes. In fact, its easier to point out which countries seem to offer a relative parity between the genders than it is to list the ones with an obvious glass ceiling.
Middle East and North Africa Israel
Sub Saharan Africa South Africa and Uganda
The Americas Venezuela and Mexico
Asia and Oceania Fiji and New Zealand
Eastern Europe Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Russia
Nordic Europe Finland and Sweden
The bitter reality still holds true for women expecting to advance in the field of media, jobs may pay less than their male counterparts, and they may have fewer opportunities for promotion. By the data weve compiled, women in Nordic Europe, specifically in Finland and Sweden, have the best chance for advancement as well as a high salary though their salaries are still much lower than men in the same field.