This is kind of a spin off of my other thread about women choosing low paid degrees, since some people brought up social influences and gender roles.
I'm from a east-euro country where gender roles and ''patriarchy'' are far more ingrained in the culture compared to the UK . On top of that, women are even more ''sexualized'' than in the UK . It's a weird combo of religious/traditional and ''extra-liberated'' modern society: imagine a church right next to a newsstand selling porn mags with very ''explicit'' covers (none of that top shelf, covered up ''will someone think of the children'' nonsense). Basically feminist hell, all kinds of it, left and right . And speaking of feminism, I have literally never heard or seen the word anywhere. Ever.
Yet women go into STEM degrees far more than (I looked up recent graduation photos from engineering courses and there are so many female graduates, in some of them you can barely see a few guys), they make up 75% of judges (25% in the UK), the majority of top end lawyers, notaries and many other highly paid/long hours/competitive jobs. Oh and the wage gap is far lower, almost inexistent in the private sector (whereas in the UK it's almost 25%). We're talking about a country where most people would never vote for a female president. You think rape victim blaming, slut shaming, fat shaming, ''pinkification'' and all that other stuff is bad in the UK? HA!! We're talking about a country where many still believe that ''a wife that hasn't been beaten is like a house that hasn't been vacuumed''. Nobody cares. Just the other day on the news they were saying how women were allowed to leave work earlier so they could cook for Easter and it was seen as a great thing. Imagine the reaction to that in the UK lmao.
A few more details that are very relevant : welfare is basically inexistent, public health care is a ****ing disgrace (and that's on a good day) and divorce laws are quite different : the higher income spouse can claim a share according to what they've made over the years, anything inherited is untouchable (same goes for intellectual property, personal items etc...), there is no alimony, no future income/pensions claim and so on.
Cliffs : Despite having far more many hurdles to overcome, women in less feminist/progressive societies do far better. Sweden looks like a medieval patriarchy compared to my country when you look at the outcomes. Equality (of outcomes aka the feminist version of it) will never be achieved through social engineering, treating women like quasi-children that need privileges, quotas and ''you can do it, gurrlll'' campaigns only increases the outcome gap (best observable in Sweden and the other nordic gender equal paradises). The exact opposite works far, far better.
Bonus photo of the most prominent female politician :