- Of the 4.3 million people in Queensland, females just edge ahead of males with a 50.42 percent count
- Females in Queensland are more likely to complete secondary school and attain higher education qualifications than men
- More women choose to study arts and humanties than technology, science or engineering
- 59.7 percent of woman are engaged in employment compared with 72.9 percent of men
- 43.8 percent of women work part-time compared with 14.6 percent of men
- Employment rates are lower for single mothers than partnered mothers
- The median age of marriage for females is 29.3 years
- 40 percent of marriages end in divorce
- The median age of divorce for females is 41.7 years
- The life expectancy for females is 84.1 years compared with 79.5 years for males
- So, what do these figures tell us? Well...they tell us that we're a clever breed, but then we already knew that! On the down side, we generally choose to study subjects that lead to careers with a lower earning potential.
In terms of employment, there are significantly less women engaged in employment. This is often because they are rearing a family, providing care for people with a disability or caring for elderly relatives. There are more women participating in part-time or casual work, often managing their career or worklife around family commitments.
All these factors mean that women are earning less and will result in women having lower superannuation balances, jeopardising our financial security for retirement.
A large percentage of women will suffer the emotional trauma of divorce with almost half of our marriages ending in divorce. This means that we cannot rely on our marriage or relationships to provide financial security throughout our lives and must find financial independence.
Statistics may just be numbers, but they paint a factual picture. At this point in time, it's not a particularly positive picture. However, we can use this information to improve our lives and make the outlook brighter.
How? We use these facts to understand the issues we may face in the future and we start planning...NOW...how we can build a brighter future.
Keeping on Track™ can help you define you goals for a brighter future and provide you with the tools to help you achieve these goals. Read more about our program.
Figures from Queensland Government and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.