The Gender Pay Gap

money-cnn-gender-pay-gapThe wage gap is nothing new. Unequal pay among women and men has always been prevalent. From hearing it on the news to the recent election to feminist rants on social media, the topic is everywhere. Whether the pay gap is attributed to women being viewed as lesser than men or an overall subconscious decision that they do not get to receive a higher wage, the evidence is clear that there is a problem.

It is found so remarkable that there is still a gender pay gap in 2016, that someone made a satire about it. Why are women not getting paid equally? Is it because they are too submissive? Is it because they lack confidence? Or is it because they lack ambition? Clark Hoffman made an imaginary product called “The Business Bulge”. The product was supposed to get some talk going about how insane it is that a gender pay gap exists. The product consists of padding that is inserted into women’s undergarments to falsify the male genital. The purpose is to show that because women do not have a penis, they are more susceptible to unequal pay.

The video points out some important facts, despite its humorous undertone. The U.S usually prides itself in being the best for everything globally. Unfortunately, it only ranks 65th in wage equality out of the hundred and forty-two countries. And when it comes to the Fortune 500, which is an annual list of the five hundred most profitable US industrial corporations, only 34 of the 500 CEOs are women. Which means 466 men control the nation’s corporations.

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Let’s take a look at the overall statistics. On average, women earn 18% less than men according to the economist. In 2015, female workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. That is a gender pay gap of 20%. What is even more astonishing is that men virtually make more than women across all jobs. Even in jobs that are stereotypically “women’s jobs, men are still making more than women. Women make 79% of what men make in childcare, 80% of what men make as maids and housekeepers, 82% of what men make as preschool teachers and 86% of what men make as nursing.

It is hard to change policies when policymakers are not focused on the issue, when societies in the past have always been revolved around the patricarchy. By understanding that there is an issue we must fix, we can apply the understandings to other social issues our society faces.

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