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Wage Gaps: Among working populations

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves”- Gloria Steinem.


Overview


There are multiple stereotypes our society has built to differentiate others. Gender, skin color, occupation are just some examples of classifying others to create a separation line. Even though we don’t live in a Utopian society it's better to achieve for a society that is accepting. If we can become a society that treats everyone equally, we will be moving forward to a new and better future. A common problem that is occurring for generations of wage gaps. The discrimination among males and females is been going around for generations and it has continued in the work industry. In the working industry, there is discrimination not just regarding pay but also different jobs and careers.


The Problem with our Industry


Working Industry is such an important part of our society and it is such an important part for so many people. However, in this industry, everything from afar seems perfect and beneficial. From inside it is corrupted in so many ways and can be seen as a dystopian industry. The difference between males and females and how they are treated in their workplace is a big ongoing problem. The gender pay gap is defined as the average difference between the remuneration for men and women who are working. It is commonly calculated by dividing women’s wages by men’s wages, and this ratio is often expressed as a percentage.


Statistics and Calculation


In dollar terms, the median hourly wage is $15.67 for women and $18.94 for men. Although a small number, in 2017 the numbers of wage growth in Asia declined from 0.9% to 0.4%, demonstrating that low income from underdeveloped countries catalyzes the growth in wage inequality. The average woman worker loses more than $530,00 throughout her life because of the gender wage gap. Through these stats, you can understand the significance of how much a woman loses and the cumulative impact it brings. Disappointingly, the problem stems beyond economic factors as it also derives from social elements. Statistically, women are targets of low income when it comes down between men and women. The most significant factors associated with the remaining gender pay gap are part-time work, educational and occupational segregation (“fewer women in leading positions and fields like STEM”).


A Case Study


This is because of gender-based discrimination, arising from occupational stereotyping and devaluation of the work typically done by women. An employee Jenny started considering the possibility of being underpaid because she heard her male coworkers discussing salaries. She has always grown up with the thought of America being an equal country. She has worked for the same compact for a little over 20 years. She was hired as a union employee working a 12-hour shift and the pay was obvious for everyone. However, she soon realized that the gender pay gap does still exist when the salaries were being discussed and she realized the men were getting paid more. Furthermore, she concluded that she kept quiet because she still wanted her job. “Several years later, the company hired a man into a role similar to mine. He was only here for a year, and after he left, I texted him: How much did you make? He gladly told me. It was, as I had suspected, 20% a year more than me. And I had trained him! I had done all my work and more”. This concluded that it is such a common problem that it has a large impact on so many females.


Conclusion


Even though a small percentage of the issue remains, this generation has fought endlessly to flatten the curve. With many programs and campaigns fighting to eradicate this issue, over the years the numbers have fallen, especially within advanced countries. Unfortunately, the wage gap trend is still present in low and middle income economies. Wage disparity remains immense since low income countries neglect offering incomes and needs for the workers and their families. Knowing that economic and social factors molded the wage gap, we can narrow the gap by educating others on the importance of this issue and its causes. We may not live in a Utopian society but we can try to do righteous stuff for us and others to bring better change and have the right to be treated equally.


Writers: Hanna, Siya

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