The neverending story – Lisa Steischnack, Austria

It will come as unsurprising news for people here in Austria that women are often neglected or discriminated against by companies because of their sex. So, what action is Austria taking against this injustice?

The country seems to have reached an agreement: the best solution was to invent a new problem. Recently, a huge discussion started on whether or not to mention women in the National Anthem. The irony of this story is that the text of the anthem was originally written by a woman.

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What good though is a fake problem presented as a real one? The vicious circle begins. People begin to focus on the fake problems. They are satisfied when they find an answer for the fake problem and all at once they start to forget about the real ones. Nevertheless the real issues we have here in Austria must be fought against.

One of the most outstanding problems we have here in Austria regarding

gender inequality, is that women do not receive equal pay in many jobs. According to a study of the official representation of employees Austria, women earn 19% less than men in the same job. An article in the “Standard” reported that women receive €10.000 less than men in pension benefits.

Even men think that this must be changed. In the 21st century it is a disgrace that there is still unequal pay!

Furthermore it is unbearable that it is so hard for women to get back to work after they have raised their children. One reason why women earn less than men might be that they often want to work part time and not full time. I have talked to many very well educated women who are unable to find a job simply because they have a child that could get sick every now and then!

There is no questioning that there is a disparity between the men and women of the world. This is an issue that has manifested over many years as society’s expectations and restrictions have developed. Perhaps this issue has a solution, but it’s up to us, the people to work towards finding this said solution.

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