Despite rumours, women have been around pretty much as long as men. But enter the workplace, and the landscape looks a lot different. Whether it’s pay parity, or a better pay structure for maternity leave, women all over the world are fighting for economic equality. And while things are looking a lot better, India still has a long way to go. Like really long. Like the battery life of a Nokia 3310 kinda long. Women face tonnes of challenges in the workplace – wage gap, sexual harassment, gender bias… ..but let’s put all of that on hold, and address one for now – the Economic Participation Gap Here are the numbers: Sixteen. That’s the percentage of eligible women in urban areas who are a part of the workforce. Fourty-two. That’s the percentage of graduates that are women. But when it comes to women’s employment, this number is slashed by nearly half. And by the time you reach the boardroom, women take up only 2.74% of the seats. If corporate life in India was a horror movie – and it kinda is – women would be killed off in the first 10 minutes. Twenty million. That’s how many women quit their jobs between 2004-2012. And most of them never return. Seven hundred billion. That’s how many dollars we could add to India’s GDP by 2025 if we achieve complete gender parity. Or if we robbed a Swiss Bank EVERY day. Probably. 139 That’s where India ranks when it comes to economic participation of women. Out of 145 countries. We beat six countries, you guys! (Crowd cheers) From all of this, it is perfectly reasonable to believe that there are many obstacles faced by women who want to pursue careers. There are enough women who are educated, able and willing to work and yet do not. And if we don’t look into the root cause of this (clears throat) then we are doing a great disservice to our economy. Don’t forget, it’s seven hundred billion dollars on the line! Do you think there are enough women in your workplace? Let us know in the comments below! Special thanks to JobsForHer for helping us with this data. And as always, Like Share and Subscibe to Vitamin Stree!