By Aishwarya Ghule
Think about something.
Think about the long nights you stayed up for hours. Think about how diligently you worked.
Think about how you deserve the credit.
Now think about how infuriating it would make you feel if you were given less credit, less money and less authority just because of your gender. Women are not paid fairly for the work that they do ; moreover, they are not even provided with equivalent job opportunities.
Working twice as hard than a man doesn’t matter; because you are a woman.
“The average woman’s unadjusted annual salary has been cited as 78% to 82% of that of the average man’s.” deciphering this: full-time, year-round, female workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
According to Lora Jones, a business Reporter at BBC News, “Equal pay – that men and women doing the same job should be paid the same – has been a legal requirement for 47 years. Under the Equal Pay Act 1970, and more recently, the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman. This applies to all employers, no matter how small. So, a company might have a gender pay gap if a majority of men are in top jobs, despite paying male and female employees the same amount for similar roles.”
investigating this law, we know that it is a criminal offence to pay two individuals doing the same job unequally; however, the problem is that women are not given equal job contingencies as a man.
The source also states that, “Another important factor is a divided labour market. Women are still more likely to work in lower-paid and lower-skilled jobs. Women currently make up 62% of those earning less than the living wage, according to the Living Wage Foundation.”
Despite all facts lining up and pointing to one direction, companies can’t be penalized for having a wide pay gap. They can be punished for treating two individuals on the same post differently but in our case that is a rare finding because women are not offered equivalent positions as men. Women are usually the personal assistants, the secretaries and the nannies.
23% of mothers in the United states are single mothers.2 Envision working those: extensive, weary , innumerous shifts and at the end of the month you are not paid reasonably. You have two kids, you need to provide them an education, feed them, shelter them.
Is this fair? You can’t provide for your family as a single mother because you are a women in a workplace that was designed to be dominated by men.
Cheryl Hughes, a divorced single mother says, “ I had to overcome many obstacles..” “..However, there was one obstacle I couldn’t overcome — pay inequity.” 4
She also admits, “as an associate engineer with a starting salary of $39,600. When I asked for more money, I was told it was not in the budget.” 4
Put yourself in her shoes, coming home after a long day of work where you are an associate engineer and then at the end of the month being told that you can’t get the salary you procure because it is not in the budget.
Giving you what you deserve – is not in their budget…
And because of that you can’t give your kids the quality education
And you worry about how you are going to sustain a living
And you ask yourself, why can’t you just be paid fairly like the men in the industry?
I want you to identify one female CEO – see? Couldn’t think of any could you? The only ones that crossed your minds were males: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.
Now why does this matter?
I want you to think of something again –
Think about the teachers you have: guiding you, moulding you, teaching you.
How would you feel to find out that your favourite female teacher gets paid less than your male teacher because of her gender?
Now think about all the 49.55% of the world 1 that undergo these circumstances.
- “Engineer Took All the Right Steps But Still Didn’t Receive Fair Pay.” AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881, 19 July 2013, www.aauw.org/2013/07/19/engineer-unfair-pay/.
- Jones, Lora. “What Is the Gender Pay Gap?” BBC News, BBC, 5 Feb. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/business-42918951.
- Martinson , Jane. “Website .” BBC, Mr. Jane Martinson , 14 Jan. 2018, www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/14/carrie-gracie-fearless-leader-of-battle-for-equal-pay-at-bbc.
- Six male staffers at the BBC took voluntary pay cuts. “Men Taking Pay Cuts Won’t Fix the Wage Gap.” CNNMoney, Cable News Network, 5 Feb. 2018, money.cnn.com/2018/02/05/pf/men-pay-cuts/index.html.
- Miller, Claire Cain. “The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood.” The New York Times , The New York Times , 13 May 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/upshot/the-gender-pay-gap-is-largely-because-of-motherhood.html.