Emancipation Monitor 2016

Original title: Emancipatiemonitor 2016

For many years, women’s lower education level appeared to offer a logical explanation for their weaker position on the labour market. However, girls are performing well in education: in fact, women aged up to 45 years are actually more highly educated than their male peers. Does this mean that young women today more often have jobs, attain more senior positions and earn more than young men? And does it mean that fathers rather than mothers are reducing their working hours in order to look after the children?

You will find the answers to these questions in this Emancipation Monitor 2016. Like earlier editions, this ninth edition brings together the most recent statistics in a wide range of fields related to emancipation. The position of women on the labour market is a key aspect of this; the labour participation rate of women and men is compared in this report, as are their working hours, their progression to senior positions and their income from employment. The Monitor also looks at how women and men combine their work with care tasks. It also explores the school achievements of boys and girls. Finally, the Emancipation Monitor 2016 presents information on safety and health and compares the Netherlands against the European benchmark.

The Emancipation Monitor is a joint publication by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS), at the request of the Emancipation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This ninth edition shows that there is greater equality between women and men in a number areas, but that the emancipation process is proceeding more slowly than was anticipated in the early years of Dutch emancipation policy.

Wil Portegijs (SCP) works in the Care, Emancipation and Time Use research sector at SCP. As well as the Emancipation Monitor, she carries out research on women’s working hours and economic independence.

Marion van den Brakel (CBS) works in the Labour, Income and Life Situation sector at Statistics Netherlands, where she carries out research on the CBS income statistics. Her work focuses on emancipation, and specifically economic independence.