From Equal Pay Day to International Women's Day, March is all about gender equality and women's rights. These symbolic days underline the importance of women for society and the economy: they often have to master the challenge of balancing work and family. In doing so, they also bring a variety of perspectives to the economic sphere. Men, on the other hand, are often expected to put their careers before their families. Each gender plays its own important role in the economy, which results in some differences between men and women in economic terms.
With its focus on “Gender Disparities”, the March issue of our ZEW Monthly provides an insight into current ZEW research findings that reveal existing gender disparities in an economic context. ZEW researchers across four units examine aspects as diverse as career opportunities, the impact of voting rights, wage gaps due to educational expansion, and financial literacy.