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The world's women lag far behind men in power, wealth and opportunity reports the U.N.'s study "The World's Women 1970-1990."

The study found that almost all jobs are segregated by sex, with women relegated to lower-status, more poorly paid positions. Worldwide, women's pay averaged 30-40 percent less than that of men.

It found that women work as much or more than men in every part of the world, and as much as 13 hours more per week, on the average, in Asia and Africa.

The study found that women in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe participated more in the economy and received closer to equal pay with men than elsewhere; the collapse of communism and the introduction of capitalism now threaten that relative equality, the study said.

The percentage of women in the paid labor force was 39% overall in the developed world, 35-40% in East and Southeast Asia, 37% in Sub-Saharan Africa and only 17% in the Muslim nations of western Asia, the Mideast and North Africa.

Women generally have lower mortality rates than men, but because women are denied the same nutrition, health care and other support that men get in some underveloped countries, there are more men alive today that women. Another contributing factor is infacticide of girl babies.

--From an article by Peter James Spielmann in the Ann Arbor News, June 22, 1991.
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Title Annotation:socioeconomic status as compared with men
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Date:Sep 22, 1991
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