Sunday 22 July 2018

Women will get to Mars too ... but still be paid less

My daughter is two years old. That means she won't be working for about 20 years.

Whatever she does end up doing in life, it's highly likely, that even in two decades time, she'll end up being paid less than a man for the doing the exact same job.

According to a report released by Oxfam in the lead up to the Brisbane G20 Summit later this year, it will be 75 years before the principle of equal pay for equal work is realised - given the current rate of decline in the gender wage gap.

While it angers me that my generation is being paid less than men, it's deeply depressing that if my daughter has a daughter, say at around 30, in the year 2042, she too, will be paid less than her co-worker with the XY chromomsones.

If that same girl, my granddaughter, has a daughter, in 2072 say, my great granddaughter, by 2092, beginning her working life, will be amongst the first generation of women to receive equal pay.

It's highly likely I won't be around for the birth of my great granddaughter, not to mention be there when she final gets what she deserves.

You know that it's predicted that we'll get to Mars in 10 years time. Man will actually be on Mars.


Mankind has come so far that we can go to another planet, yet we can't get our heads around the same pay for the same job. There'll more than likely be a woman on Mars too, just on a lesser pay cheque.

The gender pay in this country is 14.4pc. You mightn't think that's too great to worry about but slice that off your salary and see how you like it. Rent, food, tuition; none of it's cheaper because you're a woman.

The report also found that if women's paid employment rates were the same as men, the Eurozone's GDP would increase by 13pc.

We can't dismiss gender inequality and the pay gap as a 'women's issue'. It's no longer a matter of talking about these problems amongst ourselves.

This is a challenge facing everyone, in every country.

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