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These depressing statistics are a reminder of why International Women’s Day is important

Fun fact: Over 69% of women have tolerated inappropriate behaviour at work.

By Erin Cook

As women, we've come a long way in the past year — hello, #TimesUp and #MeToo — but we haven't reached gender parity just yet. According to the latest stats from the World Economic Forum, true gender parity is still 217 years away. (Yes, really.)

While gender discrimination may not be as overt as it was in the 1950s, there's still an undercurrent of bias and harassment happening right under out noses. And we're not talking about America, Brazil or some other far off nation — we're talking right here in Australia.

Last Friday, online retailer Adore Beauty surveyed 1,300 of their customers on their experiences in the workplace, ahead of International Women's Day. Over 69% of women said they'd tolerated inappropriate behavior at work. (For those playing at home, that's 2 out of 3 women.)

But read on, there's more!

It's pretty depressing stuff. So next time some asshole tells you that IWD isn't a Very Important Day in our calendar, whip out these stats. Then go high five the first woman you see and tell her she's doing a great job.