Along with more traditional fights like those for equal pay and access to education, women are now struggling for their fair share in another arena – access to the internet.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
If you’re perusing stories of International Women’s Day celebrations online today, then know you’re enjoying a privilege not every women has – access to the internet.
Of course, it’s no surprise that some people still lack the tech and resources to get online, but what may come as more of a shock is just how gendered this digital divide is.
As this infographic from Brain Track explains, there are 800 million men and boys online, but only 600 million women and girls. That means hundreds of millions of women worldwide are missing out on the internet’s ability to change lives, provide economic opportunity and allow access to a world of information.
We’ve come a long way, but that’s a reminder for International Women’s Day today that there’s still plenty left to fight for.
Women 2.0 readers: What can be done to get more women online?
Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.