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Dutch government statistics show that non-Western women work harder

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On Saturday, Suriname news outlet, the DevSur reported that second generation Dutch women of Caribbean decent are presumably the hardest working woman in the Netherlands. The Dutch Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published a report, in September, that shows that most second generation Surinamese, Antillean and Aruban women work full time. The statistics in the report are based on census from 2012. The CBS states that the employment of second generation non-Western women, in the Dutch job market, is equal to that of Dutch women. Even if a person is born in the Netherlands, the government still classifies them as non-Westerner.

The Dutch use the words 'autochtoon' and 'allochtoon' in order to classify its citizens. The labeling system could be seen as having hints of the former slave colloquial 'the one drop rule'. The difference is that individuals are classified based on one generation of their family ancestry. If both of your parents were born in the Netherlands, you are classified as 'autochtoon'. If one or both of your parents were born abroad, you are classified as 'allochtoon'. Even if a child is born in the Netherlands, they are still classified as 'allochtoon' if one or both parents were born abroad.

Almost 70 percent of Dutch women, between the ages of 25 and 65, are a part of the Dutch workforce. Which is less than the 75 percent, of second generation non-Western women, who are a part of that same workforce. Within this age group, more second generation non-Western women work full time compared to their Dutch counterparts. The group of Dutch women, work 12 or more hours a week. Amongst 520,000 women, of second generation non-Western descent, 52 percent are a part of the Dutch workforce. Twice as many Dutch women, work part time, compared to second generation non-Western women. Around 14 percent of second generation non-Western women work part time, which is between 12 to 24 hours per week.

The CBS reports that 27 percent of Dutch women, have full time jobs. Which is less than the 46 percent of second generation non-Western women, who do work full time. Second generation non-Western women are also out performing first generation non-Western women. Only 36 percent of first generation non-Western women, work full time.

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