Women Will Have to Wait Another 170 Years to Close Gender Gap

Oct 28, 2016 4:10 PM ET

Originally posted on Bloomberg.

Women are going to get pay equality – they’ll just have to wait for another 170 years. 

That’s according to an estimate by the World Economic Forum assessing gender gaps when it comes to economic opportunities, political empowerment, education and health between men and women.

While international figures from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May have placed greater focus on women in leadership roles, the outlook for the average female worker remains grim. In fact, it has deteriorated. In the past 12 months, the target for when men and women would get equal pay moved 52 years into the future – to 2186.

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