Gender gaps & inequality illustrated by GIFs

Animating inequality between men and women in all areas of society

black and white photograph, two women constructing a window frame
by
Aleksandra Strzelichowska (Europeana Foundation)

Women are generally paid less than men: the gender pay gap is this difference in pay, but also the gender gap speaks to inequality between men and women in all areas of society.

If we continue at the current pace, it will take Europe more than 60 years to completely close the gender gap. Here are some animated GIFs - submitted as part of our yearly competition GIF IT UP - that illustrate the inequalities women face in our society.


Women are under-represented at all levels of political participation and decision-making worldwide.

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Mansplaining, manterruptions and bro-propriation and are still part of every woman's reality.

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Women are over-represented in low-paid employment and unpaid work.

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Environmental degradation and climate change have the most impact on women.

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