This International Women's Day has seen the release of interesting data about women in Ireland and their lives.
The CSO has found that there are more women than men in the country – 97.8 males for every 100 females. Women are better educated, married younger and live longer than men.
The report looks at life, love and careers of women in Ireland, showing that out of Ireland’s 2,407,437 females in 2016, there are 1,236,634 single ladies of all ages. There were 893,337 married women in Ireland in 2016, of which 3% were married for the second time.
There were also 148,617 widowed ladies, 66,563 who were separated and 60,563 divorced.
Women were more likely to be married than single by the age of 33, while for men this happened at age 35.
There were 450 female same-sex marriages in 2016, and for the first time, a category for registered same-sex civil partnership was included on the census form in Census 2016.
In 1926 female life expectancy was 57.9 years. Nowadays, life expectancy for women is 82.8 years compared to 78.4 years for men.
Studying the educational differences between men and women showed that females were better educated than men in April 2016. In all 43.2 per cent of females aged 15 and over had a third level qualification, compared with 40.7 per cent of males.
The report did not explore gender parity in the workplace or pay gaps, but the above numbers are food for thought for everyone this International Women’s Day.