Costa Rica is closing the wage gap

It’s been almost 70 years since women gained the right to vote in Costa Rica, and although a gender wage gap still persists, the country has made significant progress towards gender equality in the workforce.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development places Costa Rica second highest for pay equity, of the 37 countries who are members of the international coalition. In the United States, women are making almost 20 percent less than their male counterparts. In Costa Rica, that number is only 3.7 percent.

Further, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Costa Rica has moved up six positions since the previous year.

Latin America as a whole is still 30 percent from gender parity, which is not far behind Western Europe and North America.

Read more about the progress made in the United States here.

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