Women in Austria

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Women in Austria
Wien 20100710 - Alles Wasser-Fest 324 politician Ulrike 'Ulli' Sima (left) interviewed by Barbara v. Melle.jpg
Ulrike 'Ulli' Sima (left) being interviewed by Barbara V. Melle.
Gender Inequality Index
Value 0.102 (2012)
Rank 14th
Maternal mortality (per 100,000) 4 (2010)
Women in parliament 28.7% (2012)
Females over 25 with secondary education 100.0% (2010)
Women in labour force 66.9% (employment rate Eurostat definition, 2014)[1]
Global Gender Gap Index[2]
Value 0.7437 (2013)
Rank 19th out of 136

The legal position of women in Austria improved since the middle of the 1970s. Based on a December 1993 study about the status of Women in Austria, the priority of legislation in Austria is based on the equal treatment of both genders rather than having equal rights only. Thus, Austrian women benefit from their government's attempt "to compensate for gender-specific inequality of burdens". Despite of the legislative improvement in relation to the status of women in Austrian society, the concept of traditional roles prevailed. Austrian men regard most household chores and child-rearing responsibilities as being within the realm of Austrian women. Both education and gender are the basis of income levels.[3]

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