Regardless of equality between men and women being written into Swiss law it remains an undisputed fact that generally the position of women living in Switzerland, particularly when it comes to work, lags behind that of men. Undeniably, much progress has been made in Switzerland to put men and women at the same level however this progress remains unsatisfactory especially when comparisons are made with other western societies.
Remarkably, Swiss women were – apart from Liechtenstein – the last in Europe to be given voting rights. It should therefore not come as any surprise that women in Switzerland have lower salaries than men. On average the salary gap stands at approximately 20% in the private sector and 10% in the public sector.