The majority of Japanese women don’t want women in leadership positions
The World Economic Forum has published its annual report on gender equality. Japan sits in 110th place, the worst ranked of all G7 countries.
43.8% of workers in Japan are female. Only 13% are in management positions compared to 39% in Sweden, 43% in the US and 29% in Germany.
Despite these statistics, only 26% of Japanese women surveyed said that they would feel comfortable with a woman as head of the government, and 28% said that they want more women in leadership positions.
The fact remains, women are as prejudiced as men when it comes to full gender equality. Despite Japan having an equal rights amendment, very few are attempting to break the glass ceiling and even fewer are helping those that are trying.
The question is why and how do we change that? At the current rate of change, the WEF’s annual gender gap report released in December 2018 says it will take 108 years to narrow the overall gender gap and 202 years to bring about parity in the workplace and seemingly longer in Japan.
In one of the sessions, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, revealed that she was often asked unprofessional questions during her presidency.
Bachelet said she was asked how she would take care of children, about her domestic affairs and to whom she would turn to when she faced challenges.
“Have you ever asked that kind of stuff to a man?” Bachelet told the audience at the session, named “Female Leadership at a Tipping Point.”