Feb 8, 2016

Experiencing Gender Inequality in Japan

I've lived in Canada until I was 25 when I moved to Japan, and no matter how hard I think about it, I cannot think of a specific incident where I felt that I was being unfairly treated at work or at school because I was born female.

While I was working at a public middle school in Japan, I saw how how girls are taught that their male classmates are more important, and it hit me really hard.  I also noticed a great deal of gender inequality at work; I was never taken as seriously as my male colleagues, and don't get me started on the double standards.  I'm sure that I got paid less than they did, but I have no actual proof.

Anyway, a post I wrote last summer is one of my blog's most popular, and it's important to consider gender inequality and to do something about it.  Japan is ranked 104 out of 142 countries for gender gap, and we need more awareness in order to reduce this gap, and hopefully eliminate it one of these years.

Have a gander, and let me know what you think!

What have you seen and experienced?


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I'm half-Japanese originally from Canada, and I've been living in Japan since Sept. 2010.

I keep a blog about living in Japan and travel - Trekking with Becky - www.trekkingwithbecky.com