Women in the Czech Republic

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Women in the Czech Republic
Czech Girl in Prague.jpg
A portrait of a young modern-day woman in Prague, the Czech Republic
Gender Inequality Index[2]
Value 0.087 (2013)
Rank 13th out of 152
Maternal mortality (per 100,000) 5 (2010)
Women in parliament 20.6% (2013)
Females over 25 with secondary education 99.9% (2012)
Women in labour force 62.4% (employment rate OECD definition, 2015)[1]
Global Gender Gap Index[3]
Value 0.6770 (2013)
Rank 83rd out of 144

The history, characteristic, evolution, and genealogies of present-day women in the Czech Republic can be traced back from many centuries before the establishment of the country now known as the Czech Republic. They have originated from ancestral Slavic settlers who had an economy that was based primarily on agriculture.[4] After the period in the history of the Czech Republic known as the Velvet Revolution, many women have become individuals with full-time jobs and who, at the same time, are also focusing on their responsibilities as homemakers, giving themselves "a high sense of personal efficacy and independence" within Czech society.[5]

Reproductive rights and family life[edit]

The maternal mortality rate in Czech Republic is 5 deaths/100,000 live births (as of 2010).[6] The HIV/AIDS rate is 0.05% of adults (aged 15–49) - estimates of 2013.[7] The total fertility rate (TFR) is 1.43 children born/woman (2014 estimates), one of the lowest in the world.[8] As in many other European countries, family formation has become more liberal, unmarried cohabitation has increased and the connection between fertility and marriage has decreased in the past decades; as of 2016, 48.6% of births were to unmarried women.[9]


Czech Republic has a very high literacy rate, which is the same for women and men at 99% (estimates of 2011).[10] However more men (95%) than women (90%) have completed high-school (OECD 2014).[11]


  1. ^ http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DatasetCode=LFS_SEXAGE_I_R#
  2. ^ "Table 4: Gender Inequality Index". United Nations Development Programme. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Global Gender Gap Report 2013" (PDF). World Economic Forum. pp. 12–13. 
  4. ^ "Czech Republic - HISTORY". Mongabay.com. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Ferber, Marianne A. and Phyllis Hutton Raabe. "Women in the Czech Republic: Feminism, Czech Style". International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society Vol. 16, No. 3, Toward Gender Equity: Policies and Strategies (Spring, 2003), pp. 407-430. JSTOR, Springer. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "The World Factbook". cia.gov. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "The World Factbook". cia.gov. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "The World Factbook". cia.gov. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ https://www.czso.cz/csu/czso/ari/population-change-year-2016
  10. ^ "The World Factbook". cia.gov. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "OECD Better Life Index". oecdbetterlifeindex.org. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 

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