When Do We Reach Gender Equality?

Gender equality in Germany is still a long way from becoming a reality. Despite the considerable progress made, the opportunities available to women and men in many areas of life cannot be described as equal: women hold fewer top management positions in business, science and government, they are paid less, they are more likely to work part-time and they do the lion’s share in providing care. By way of contrast, very few men choose to work in childcare or as teachers in nursery and primary schools.

These findings shed light on tremendous geographical diversity Germany-wide and the Third Gender Equality Atlas documents these regional differences. As a comparative study of key indicators at both state (Land) and district (Kreis) level, it illustrates the current situation in the country’s regions. The information it contains can be used to plan the next steps on the way to ensuring that true gender equality is achieved.

The career biographies and job-related decisions of women and men differ greatly: women still tend to disrupt their careers more often and for longer than men, and they often work part-time in order to look after the children or care for close relatives. Also, most of the people in marginal employment in Germany are women. Women often work in lower income sectors and jobs. The employment market is thus a key focal area when it comes to equality policy.

Read more at the 3rd Gender Equality Atlas for Germany