Despite having significantly higher levels of education on average than men, Lithuania women make up only a quarter of the leadership positions with real decision-making responsibilities both in the public and private sector.
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Lithuania women account for 65% of master's degree owners and about 59% of Lithuanians who have received a doctorate according to Center for Equality Advancement expert Margarita Jankauskaitė.

Given that high level of qualifications she said it was surprising that women are able to get scientific degrees but are unable to break into the senior ranks of their professions.

She said it was obvious that women had "the energy and acumen to gain degrees, but when it comes to higher positions, these women have ceased to exist".

European Union statistics agency Eurostat reports that in 2014 women across the EU received salaries that were 16% lower on average than their male counterparts.

The biggest salary differences are in Estonia, Austria and Germany, and the lowest - in Slovenia and Malta.


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