As of 2018, the female portion of the Polish labor force (45%) is similar to the percentage in Western nations such as the US (46%), the UK (46.5%), and Germany (46.7%).
Although Polish women are active in all sectors of the national economy, they overwhelmingly value health (90.7%) and family (84.6%) over work (12.2%), according to a 2017 study.
41.8% of all managerial posts in Poland are held by women (2018). Women comprise 7% of Polish CEOs (2017). The number of Polish women running their own businesses has also risen steadily. 30.3% of all business owners in Poland are women (2018).
Compared to only 3.3% in Germany, nearly every tenth Polish woman runs her own business (2018).
As of 2018, about 53.8% of attorneys and legal counselors (radcy prawni) are women.
INDUSTRY & TECHNOLOGY
10.2% of Polish computer programmers are female (2017).
In spite of a record number of IT employees in Poland, there is a huge demand for IT professionals and the IT service market in Poland is growing 4 to 5 times faster than the global average (2019). The number of women studying the field, 13% (2017) in Poland vs. 17.2% (2018) in the EU generally, is not keeping pace with sector growth and demand.
RETIREMENT & LIFE EXPECTANCY
As of 2018, the retirement ages in Poland are 65 for men and 60 for women.
Women have a longer life expectancy: 81.66 years for women versus 73.75 for men (in 2019). In 1990, the difference was 75.2 versus 66.2. This demonstrates the dramatic increase in life expectancy for both genders after the implosion of communism.