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Did you know that women working full time in the US earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by a full-time working man?

So are we talking about a fight over just 18 cents?

Well...not really. Instead, we're talking about how:

  • women consistently get paid less than men worldwide — only 70 percent of what they work for compared to their male counterparts

  • this wage gap widens when talking about women of color

  • most women around the world remain vulnerable to this pay divide throughout their lives

  • this results in fewer savings, less social security, and even lower pension percentage for women compared to men

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What is the gender pay gap?

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The gender pay gap refers to the average difference that exists between the annual earnings of men and women working in all the job sectors and industries.

Despite a large percentage of women joining the formal workforce and job market in recent years, positions and jobs held by most women are not widely recognized.

How does it work?

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The global wage inequity around the world demonstrates that there are significant flaws present in the system.

What kind of flaws?

Well, the money to run global capital primarily comes from two streams: the industrial and the service sectors. And who controls the influx of capital in these two streams? Predominantly, men.

You can view it as a system that was created for the men, by the men themselves.

This inherently allows the gender gap to grow since the traditional sexist and chauvinist system that was established decades ago still resides within the structure of capital.

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What factors influence the pay gap? Select all that apply.

Why does the gap still exist?

The gender pay gap still exists for a variety of reasons.

  1. Flaticon Icon It all stems from education. A considerable number of women aren't given the same access to education as men. Hence, only a handful of women qualify for higher paying jobs that demand quality education.

  2. Flaticon Icon Many women are exposed to fewer work-related/formal employment opportunities compared to men.

  3. Flaticon Icon Many hiring departments consciously hire more men for any vacant work position. This demonstrates that discrimination begins from the most basic level i.e., hiring, and eventually makes its way upwards.

  4. Flaticon Icon Women are traditionally given the unequal charge of handling other labor such as household chores, children, and family on top of their jobs.

  5. Flaticon Icon Women are often hired for more female-centric jobs and industries that attract low wages compared to most men.

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Irum Ansari

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Saba Khalid

Founder & CEO at Aurat Raaj