The persistence of women’s inequality in the EU


  • Marnie Holborow


Equality between men and womenwas enshrinedin the founding treaties of the European Union. Gender equality was the subject of over 15 directives and sometimes a stated objective for EU funding. Yet, for all this, discrimination against women stubbornly persists. Across the member states, on 2018 figures, women’s gross hourly earnings are 16.2% below those of men onaverage. This has changed very little over the past 10 years.