Economic disparity between women and men is rising, even though the gap on other measures, like education, is closing, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.
According to The Guardian, the authors of the report are now forecasting that it could take 170 years to eradicate the disparity in pay and employment opportunities between men and women.
The gap has widened in the past four years: Now at 59%, it's at a similar level to what it was during the recession in 2008. Last year, the WEF predicted it would take 118 years to close, but in just one year that figure has risen to 170.
According to The Guardian, authors Richard Samans and Saadia Zahidi said they hoped the report “will serve as a call to action for governments to accelerate gender equality through bolder policymaking, to business to prioritise gender equality as a critical talent and moral imperative, and to all of us to become deeply conscious of the choices we make every day that impact gender equality globally."