How the Wage Gap Affects Women and why it matters!


How the Wag Gap Affects Women and why it matters!

As of 1963, the Equal Pay Act was created to prohibit or make it illegal to have different wages between women and men and was meant to prevent attacks on any person through discrimination. Although the Equal Pay Act was created over 50 years ago women are still facing discrimination to this day.

In 2016 the estimated yearly income of an average female worker in the United States was $43,122, an amount less than $23,216 than that of the average male worker.

 

When comparing the many countries stated in the Global Gender Gap Report (from the World Economic Forum), we can see that the United States is actually going backwards in regards to women’s rights instead of forward as so many other countries are doing.

Some of you might be thinking: Why is the United States going backwards regarding women inequality instead of forward? Why is it that the gender gap still exists in the United States? There are many problems that women face in regards to obtaining jobs in the workforce, keeping those said jobs, and being paid equally to men. Here is an icon depicting the industries’ barriers to hiring and promoting women in the workforce.


By not hiring women the workforce and industry are only harming themselves and not reaching their highest potentials.

Women bring many extraordinary qualities into the workforce. As stated by the World Economic Forum, " hiring women in the workplace will enhance innovation, enhance decision-making, help reflect the gender of women in the workplace customer base, expand the talent pool of companies, and will being fairness and equality to all."

So what can we do to help our fellow ladies in the United States with regards to women inequality in the workforce?

 

Here are some of the ways that society and businesses all can help the crisis regarding women’s inequality in the United States.

Are there any other ways that you think can help resolve women’s issues in the United States? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

16 comments

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  • Herlina Kwee

    Informative article. Yes, it’s sad that wage gap is very real in the U.S.

  • Yesenia

    Oh yes. The wage gap is real. I don’t think the issue in the US is the hiring of women. That happens more often than you think. And in my work, women hold top positions in very important departments. However, I believe if we compared their salaries to equivalent positions in other departments, then women are more likely than not getting paid less. How to fix it? Women need to hold more executive positions and own more companies so that they can control salaries.

  • muhammad arif

    Very informative and extremely important

  • Himanshu Sharma

    In an age where we talk about women empowerment, if such practices are carried out in the developed nations, it is sad for sure

  • emi

    informative article .. nicly written

  • Susanna | Ordinality

    On one hand, I can’t believe we’re in 2017 and the wage gap still exists. On the other, I see some posts on FB/Reddit and immediately go “you’re the reason why”. It’s unbelievable that we get paid less just because we have an innie, not an outtie. Like, seriously? Unless the job involves operating machinery with genitalia, IT DOESN’T MATTER! And if your job involves operating machinery with genitalia? What on Earth is your job?!

  • Jeff Honeywood

    The wage gap is real, and affects women and minorities in multiple ways. Lack of income is a lack of freedom, and artificially limiting the financial opportunities for women and minorities is limiting the freedom that we all deserve.

  • Bryce Rae

    This is something that is very much in the media . No, there shouldn’t be a pay gap at all. It will most likely be gone in 5 years or so. Not good enough,…but we live in a crazy world don’t we.

  • Cami

    It is also important to consider that women from other ethnic and non-white backgrounds are significantly behind White women in the US. And as such it will take Black and Latina women years to even catch up with the pay gap between them and White women, let alone men as well.

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