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Working women's `misery index' measured in poll

CNA , TAIPEI

More than 80 percent of working women said their pay and chances of promotion at work are not equal to men's, while around 65 percent said sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace, according to a survey released yesterday.

To coincide with Women's Day, a survey on the happiness of working women was conducted by two online companies -- a job hunting company, www.9999.com.tw, and a company devoted to women, www.33beauty.com.tw -- and Cosmopolitan magazine, between Feb. 16 and March 2 via e-mail. A total of 5,358 valid responses were collected with a margin of error of 1.34 percent.

The survey found that 80.59 percent of the women who responded said unequal pay at work is very serious or serious, while 73.23 percent said that unequal promotion is very serious or serious. Only 3.04 percent and 2.35 percent said pay and promotion chances are equal, respectively.

On sexual harassment at work, 64.95 percent of the women said the situation is very serious or serious. The more alarming statistic is that 37.78 percent of the women surveyed said that they are frequently sexually harassed, and of those, 65.41 percent said the harassment came mostly from their bosses or superiors.

The sexual harassment mostly took the form of language abuse, pornographic e-mails and body contact. Just over 52 percent of the women said that they had taken no action as a result of this behavior.

On a scale of one to 100, Taiwan working women rated their "misery index" at 67.19 points, with 100 being the highest score. The survey also found that up to 57.73 percent of the working women believe that it is better to marry a good husband than do well at work.

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