Women's work

Whose Century Is It?
Jordanian lawyer and human rights activist Asma Khader, left, with The World's Shirin Jaafari

Jordanian lawyer and human rights activist Asma Khader (left), with The World's Shirin Jaafari

Shirin Jaafari

Women around the world face varying degrees of gender discrimination in the workplace — whether they're hired, how much they're paid, whether they advance as fast as men doing the same job. In Jordan, where girls and women generally do better than their male counterparts in school, and where more women than men attend college, startlingly few women participate in the workforce. Why?

Asma Khader, a Jordanian lawyer, women's rights activist and former government official, weighs in, in a conversation with The World's Shirin Jaafari.