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earn 5.4 percent of world income today.” Moreover, in African countries, where women have made far less progress than their Western and Asian counterparts, Yale economist Cheryl Doss found female land ownership ranged from 11% in Senegal to 54% in Rwanda and Burundi.
Women now earn a majority of associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees and their share of college degrees increases almost every year.
Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs.
Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women: MYTH 1: FACTS: This injustice confection is routinely quoted by advocacy groups, the World Bank, Oxfam and the United Nations. More than 15 years ago, Sussex University experts on gender and development Sally Baden and Anne Marie Goetz, repudiated the claim: “The figure was made up by someone working at the UN because it seemed to her to represent the scale of gender-based inequality at the time.” But there is no evidence that it was ever accurate, and it certainly is not today.
FACTS: This sensational claim is a favorite of politicians, celebrities and journalists.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore turned it into a cause célèbre.
Defenders of the one-in-five figure will reply that the finding has been replicated by other studies.