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Gender Gap: Things are getting better for woman -but there is still work to be done

Much has been done to improve the lives and status for women in society and addressing long entrenched disadvantaged situations.

Women are also more likely to be better educated then men. More women hold a bachelor degree or higher.

Entering the housing market, young women are more likely to buy their own home. This is seen in the age group of 15 to 34 where 24% of young women own their home with a mortgage compared to only 18% of young men.

When it comes to living longer women are still beating men by 4.2 years. ABS data shows that compared to 40 years ago the life expectancy gap was 7 years.

On the employment front and leadership roles, In the public service the Proportion of women in Executive level position is 51.2%. While the proportion of women in senior leadership roles in the non-public sector has increased 5.2% over the last 5 years.

According to ABS data, Between 2013-14 and 2017-18, the industries with the largest increases in the proportion of women in CEO positions were:

• Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (12.1 percentage points)

• Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (8.0 percentage points)

• Arts and Recreation (7.0 percentage points).

While women are out pacing men in health, education, and homeownership, Work still needs to be done on wages and superannuation and women are still doing more of the domestic work then men.

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