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What women say about the gender pay gap
April 6, 2018, seemed to be a historic day for both men and women in the U.K. It was the deadline for over 9,000 employers to disclose their gender pay gaps among their 15 million employees, roughly half of the UK workforce. The mandatory disclosure law was made a year ago in an attempt to fight workplace discrimination. The UK gender pay gap on average is 18.1% for all workers or 9.4% for full-time staff. Now female workers in companies with 250 or more employees know if their gender pay gap is wider than the nation’s average and how much.
What about the other side of the pond? According to CNN, women in America earn only $0.80 for every dollar men make on average. Surprisingly, gender pay gap is wider in the industries where expertise seems to make little or no difference to the job, such as teaching, sales, and legal, female earn $0.78, $0.67, and $0.56 respectively for every dollar their male coworkers receive.
In the early 20th century, there were growing suffragette movements across the U.K. to earn the right to vote. A century later, it may be the time for women to make their voices heard.
Enjoy reading the article and think what creates the gender pay gap.