Merkel in favour of full parity

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The German Chancellor advocates full parity and equal pay on International Women’s Day.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) advocates full parity and equal pay for women and men. “Women must finally be able to earn as much as men,” Merkel said in a Women’s Day podcast on Monday.

According to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), women recently earned over 440 euros a month less than men on average. The coronavirus pandemic has hit women even harder than men in some cases on the job market.

“We have to make sure that the pandemic doesn’t lead to us falling back into certain role models we thought we had overcome,” Merkel said in the podcast. Many find themselves trying to balance home schooling, childcare and work, she said.

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