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North America
** Labour **
 

  1. Percentage of women in the active population (1970 & 1990)
    • Western Europe and other developed regions including North America: 33 % (1970) ; 42 % (1990) 
      Sources: Bureau International du Travail (Nations Unies)

       

  2. Distribution in percentage of female and male active population by sector of activity (1994) 
    • Western Europe and other developed regions including North America:
      Agriculture : women: 7 % ; men: 7 %
      Industry: women: 20 % ; men: 43 %
      Services: women: 73 % ; men: 50 %
      Sources: Bureau International du Travail (Nations Unies)
       

  3. Rate of boys and girls' participation in active population, 10-14 years old (1990) 
    • North America: ... % (girls) ; ... % (boys)
      Sources: Bureau International du Travail (Nations Unies)
       

  4. Number of women for 100 men in the main professional groups (1990) 
    • Canada:
      Professionals and technicians: 127
      Administration and management personnel: 68
      Office clerks and similar: 399
      Sales force: 86
      Production and tranportations, operators and manual workers: 17
    • United States:
      Professionals and technicians: 103
      Administration and management personnel: 67
      Office clerks and similar: 392
      Sales force: 100
      Production and tranportations, operators and manual workers: 22
      Sources: Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Nations Unies)
       

  5. Percentage of women (15 years old and more) in the total active population (1994) 
    • CANADA: 40 %
    • USA: 41 %
      Sources: Bureau International du Travail (Nations Unies)
       

  6. Distribution of the active population (1994) 
    • CANADA:
      Agriculture: women: 2 % ; men: 4 %
      Industry: women: 15 % ; men: 40 %
      Services: women: 83 % ; men: 57 %
    • UNITED STATES:
      Agriculture: women: 1 % ; men: 4 %
      Industry: women: 17 % ; men: 40 %
      Services: women: 81 % ; men: 56 %

      Sources: Bureau International du Travail (Nations Unies)

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