Asia Minute: Mixed Regional Record on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2017

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This is International Women’s Day. Around the Asia Pacific, there are different events to mark the occasion—and there’s also some new research showing mixed results when it comes to certain measures of women’s progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Women in South Korea are expected to live longer than anyone else on earth.

But according to a report last month from PricewaterhouseCoopers, they are also, on average, paid 36 percent less than their male counterparts.

Gender disparity in pay continues around the world, but it’s often a sharper difference in the Asia Pacific.

A group called “Girls in Tech Taiwan” is holding a meeting in Taipei today celebrating some recent gains in the industry for women.  But the group is also stressing the continuing role of gender stereotypes in a field still dominated by men.

In Japan, the number of women in parliament ranks 163rd among 191 countries surveyed by a research group called the Inter-Parliamentary Union.  But several high-level cabinet members and the leader of the opposition party are women….as is the governor of Tokyo.

Some of the most stunning research comes out of Australia, where a consultant took an unusual look at the leadership of Australia’s top 200 publicly held companies.

Conrad Liveris told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that of board chairs or CEO’s of the ASX 200, 32 are named John, 32 are named Peter, 21 are named David, and 19 are women.