What is the point of the instant-publishing blogosphere if it doesn’t produce results?
Six weeks ago I wrote about this old thing:
“While women represent half the global population and one-third of the labor force, they receive only one-tenth of the world income and own less than one percent of world property. They are also responsible fortwo-thirds of all working hours.”
And I explained, in a supportive way, that this is not true, wasn’t true at the time it was invented, and shouldn’t be part of the modern feminist lexicon anymore.
Yet, even though the truth is now out there, the meme is still out there, too. The insulation between our echo chambers must be too good. There’s a hole in the knowledge-space continuum.
Specifically, you can find this thing repeated in these places — and many others:
- undp.org: “…Yet some 75 percent of the world’s women cannot get bank loans because they have unpaid or insecure jobs and are not entitled to property ownership. This is one reason why women comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population but own only one percent of the world’s wealth.”
- un.org. “Women comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population, but they own only one percent of the world’s wealth, United Nation statistics say.”
- womenaid.org. Women “earn a tenth of the world’s income and own a hundredth of the world’s property.”
- womenforwomen.org. Women “only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property).”
- Trust.org: “Women own just 1 percent of land in the world, according to UNDP.”
- unifem.org: “…earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property…”