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Less but brighter women

21 March 2009 / 17:03:40  GRReporter
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Based on a research done on “Women Leaders,” women with careers are more bright but less in number than men. The research was done, in order to see what kind of development the woman’s role has passed through for the last 20 years within family and society.

The research was done by the public opinion research poll agency Focus Bari and was presented by Mrs. Xenya Kourtoglou at the second annual forum in Thessaloniki.

The research claims that the world of business still belongs to men and this is due to the personal choice, family and social engagements of the woman. When it comes down to talent, women are “better” than men, because they were forced to work twice as hard, in order to break the glass ceiling, to change the “homemaker” stereotype, and to prove that they can play many different roles by combining career and family.

In more detail, the data shows that Greek women are better educated than before – for example, right now 57% of women between 18 and 24 have higher education. Though, in 1988, this percentage was hardly 26%.  45% of women between 25 and 44 have higher education and in 1988, the percent was 18%. And 29% of them between ages 45 to 54 have a university diploma, when 20 years ago they were 9%.

Meanwhile, the percentage of women who know one or more foreign languages is: between 18 and 24 – 85%, and in 1988 it was 73%; between 25 and 44 – 74%, and in 1988 it was 50%; between 45 and 54 – 45% and 20 years ago it was 27%.

Today, women work more than before. 32% of those between 18 and 24 work, while before they were only 26%. 62% from women in the 25-34 category work and before the percentage was 40%. 64% of those between 35 and 44 work now and 20 years ago they were 35%. Today, 53% of women between 45 and 54 work and in 1988 they were 19%.

Today Greek women get married and give birth to children when they are older. 46% of mothers advise their daughters to graduate from university and to become financially independent. 51% of the mothers also advise their daughters to study and find a job but not to forget that their priority is marriage and 3% tell their little girls to find a husband and make a family without necessarily having to work.

During the last twenty years, it not noted that the number of women in high positions have increased, the percentage is still low – 3%. On the other hand, the number of women in middle management positions has increased – 20%. On other positions there are 33% women, when in 1988 there were only 20%.


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