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New Study Shows Female Hosts Have Earned Over USD$10 Billion on Airbnb

March 9, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Major progress has been made in advancing economic opportunities for women over the last several decades, but significant obstacles to gender equality still remain. The gender pay gap between men and women is well-documented, and research indicates that while the percentage of women in the workforce has risen dramatically in recent decades, that growth is expected to stagnate or even reverse over the next 40 years.

Airbnb cannot single-handedly tear down the many obstacles to empowerment that women face worldwide. But the platform is powered by a growing worldwide community of women hosts who are connecting with guests, each other, and their local communities. In fact, historically, women hosts have outnumbered men hosts around the world.

Since Airbnb’s founding in 2008, its community has pioneered the development of the global sharing economy. In that time, Airbnb is proud that women Airbnb hosts have earned over USD$10 billion through the platform.

UN Women points to the sharing economy as one transformation that can be leveraged to have a positive impact for women. With the complications that forces like automation bring, Airbnb continues to serve as a powerful way for women to independently achieve greater financial, professional, and social empowerment.

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March, Airbnb has prepared its first dedicated study of women hosts in the community. Here are some of the key findings from the report:

  • Female hosts are earning significant income around the world. In 2016, the typical woman host earned:
    • US: USD$6,600
    • Australia: USD$3,710 (AUD$4,992)
    • Spain: USD$3,600 (3,290 EUR)
    • South Africa: nearly USD$2,000 (25,380 ZAR)
    • Brazil: USD $1,750 (5,840 Brazilian Reais)
  • This extra income can be especially powerful in countries with developing economies. In Kenya, the typical woman host earns enough from Airbnb to cover over one-third of the average annual household expenditure. In India it covers 31 percent; and in Morocco, 20 percent.
  • Airbnb estimates that over 50,000 women around the world have used Airbnb income to support entrepreneurship for themselves, launching a business or as direct investment capital for a new business they’re starting.
  • Women hosts are leaders in the home sharing community: 59 percent of Superhosts are women, over 60 percent of Home Sharing Club leader hosts are women, and women represented 61 percent of the hosts who led workshops and hosting classes at the 2016 Airbnb Open.
  • More women hosts than men hosts report that they use their Airbnb income to help afford their home, especially single mothers who host. Globally, 62 percent of single mother hosts report using their Airbnb income to help afford their home.

Airbnb is proud to celebrate its global community of women hosts, and are committed to supporting women around the world in their journeys at home and abroad. To view and embed the report, please see here.

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