The Never Ending Battle: Equal Pay for Women
by bdona11 on October 28, 2016 - 4:20am
Gender inequality, specifically the issue of the wage gap has been a widely disputed and sometimes even unnoticed topic for as long as I can even remember. The disputes aren't even about whether or not there is even a wage gap because everybody knows there is. According to,"No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn't A Myth--And Here's Why" by Catherine Pearson, "'Few experts dispute that there is a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women - such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children - make it difficult to make comparisons. That's what what's so facile about repeatedly citing '78 cents''". The 78 cents is referring to the amount of money a women makes for every dollor a man earns, but it is now 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes. In my opinion, to use a person's life choices as an excuse for why they are being paid less just seems ridiculous to me and extremely unfair. If you think thats bad, it is much worse for females of color because according to the article, "The National Women's Law Center estimates that black women lose more than $877,000 over the course of a 40-year career as a result of the pay gap. Latina women lose more than $1,000,000." This is even more unfair and wrong because now race is effecting the wage gap. Also talked about in this article is how pay drops when women enter male-dominated fields, but we'll talk about that in a bit.
As mentioned earlier, pay also drops when women enter male-dominated occupations. Why is this happening, is my question? According to, "As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops" by Claire Cain Milller, "It may come down to this troubling reality, new research suggest: Work done by women simply isn't valued as highly." When I see that quote I am baffled because shouldn't all work whether done by a female or not, be valued the same in similar occupations. Another discouraging stat from this article was that "pure discrimination may account for 38 percent of the gender gap." The discouraging stats don't even end there, this article is chalk full of stats explaing the difference in pay between men and women. Why, really? We have enough problems going on in our world and we wanna tell women that they don't deserve to be paid as much as men, thats crap and we all know it. But, I shouldn't be surprised because this has been going on for so long that some people think it is okay to discriminate against people for no reason. I'm beginning to wonder if this issue is ever going to be resolved completely.
According to, "Gender pay gap will take 118 years to close, report says" by Maia Davis, "Worldwide, the overall gender equality gap has closed only slightly in the past 10 years, and progress on pay equity has stalled. At the current rate it will take 118 years before women earn equal pay to men, said the 2015 Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), released this week." This means that many of us today will not see a world where women are treated equally, specifically in the means of pay. This article lists the United States of America 28th out of 145 countries on the global gender gap rankings. Iceland is first on that list. This al jazeera america article just goes to show that this is an issue that effects more than just the US. "Closing the gender gap will require changes by government and business, and in societal attitude," according to the article. Gender parity is key.
As you can see, the wage gap issue is one that is widely talked about and disputed among many experts. And the more research that you do, the more you should notice that this should be stopped immediately because 118 years doesn't sit well with me and it shoudln't with you either. I was taught that everybody is to be treated nicely no matter what race, sexuality, or gender they are. That is why this issue irks me so much. It would be nice if more people brought this issue to the forefront, so maybe a bigger conversation could get started and the issue could get resolved quicker. So go out and do research and write about it because your voice can spark the change necessary.