It’s 2017 and yet women still don’t get paid the same amount as men. The gender wage gap is a blatant act of sexism in which women get payed 80 cents to a man’s dollar. So why is it that work done by women is still valued less in modern day society? The answer when asked is women put in less hours in the office or the gender wage gap is just a myth. The gender pay gap is a very real thing happening in majority of the workforce.
The gender pay gap is the difference between earnings made by men and earnings by women. The Gender pay gap is generally due to various reasons, such as differences discrimination in hiring process, differences in negotiations for pay, differences in education choices, differences in the jobs men can go compare to women can’t easily go for. Some factors that cause the gender pay gap: • Women leave and re-enter the workforce to meet their family and children expectations • Low pay for some jobs, like childcare due to historical trends that continue • Lower educational levels of women due to traditions • Discrimination in the hiring process, compensation and promotion at workplace. Annotated Bibliography Quast, L. (2015, November 22). The Gender Pay Gap Issue Is Fixable -- But May Require Bolder Actions To Overcome.
In a paper by Watson (2017) the author states “Primarily, women are more likely to take time off work for childcare, leading to less experience and fewer opportunities for career growth later in life. Some blame oppressive societal gender roles for urging women to be the caretakers of the home, but the reality is that women are less likely to devote the majority of their lives to their careers -- leading to fewer overall wage earnings.” (P. 1). These factors such as being caretakers at home are reasons why when wage gap is calculated it is seen that women are earning less than men but as explained because some women do not devote themselves to
America is at an impasse with itself over the current unemployment rate and questions about where all the jobs are going. According to Elizabeth Dwoskin, most of these job positions, considered dirty, are being filled by immigrants and not Americans. Americans have found themselves in an uproar about migrant workers taking jobs away from them, but it seems they are hypocritical as they refuse to fill these jobs themselves. In her article “Why Americans Won 't Do Dirty Jobs,” Dwoskin implies that Americans are too lazy to do hard work but complain when immigrants fill these positions. It seems that even when Americans are faced with the threat of homelessness they claim they cannot find any jobs, or rather, they refuse to do the dirty ones.
Even when women do negotiate they are likely to receive less than men. While gaps in negotiated salaries are small in “low ambiguity situations”. While in “high ambiguity situations” women received about 10,000 dollars less than similarly qualified men. Women were most often penalized for asking to negotiate their wages because they were viewed as technically competent or socially incompetent. Discrimination is why there is still a gender pay gap in today 's
The pioneer women in Congress were scattered across over 30 house committees and most of them which ranked as lower-tier panels but not surprised the largest number of House women served on the Committee on Woman Suffrage before it was disbanded in December 1927. Congressional women did not vote or always agree on the viability of legislation and its programs that directly affected their gender as illustrated by the differences between the first and second women in Congress. There are many men to take care of the major crisis’s that is going on in the world but who is taking care of our
In order to make a profit off of a product a company must make more than they are spending. So when it comes to spending on wages companies cannot be paying them more than their income. If companies were forced to raise the minimum wage many of them would find themselves laying off workers, especially those of the lower skilled employees. As much as a 3% reduction of low skilled workers can be projected with an increase of 10% in the minimum wage (Negative Effects). An American Apparel store in Los Angeles had to lay off 500 workers because of the recent city increase to $15 an hour (Sherk).
Currently, the medical field has the fourth largest gap at 23.3%, or 76 cents on the dollar, according to PayScale (Kauflin). This astonishing reality proves my thesis in that while women are able to be hired for the same job as men because they are women they get paid less. As mentioned earlier, this gap isn’t spread evenly throughout all occupations, also it is not spread evenly throughout the
These changes were a brave start, but women in America still had a long journey to go, and many remained unemployed housewives due to the sexism glorified by the public and popular women’s magazines. In the twenty first century, it is socially acceptable for women to become doctors, scientists, or hold almost any occupation a man would. As of 2013, 74 percent of women are “active in the U.S. workforce,” (Kurtz). Although a women 's place in society has come a long way, there are still many injustices between the genders. In the United States, some jobs only pay women eighty four percent of what their male counterparts make for working the exact same job (Friedman et al.).
Reducing the amount of time women spend on unpaid work is also essential. As Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe found in 2014, when he launched his “Abenomics” plan to spur the country’s economy, a major part of getting an estimated 3 million more women to participate in the Japanese workforce lay in providing subsidized, high-quality child care. “Abenomics won’t succeed without women-omics,” he stated at the time. Between 1965 and 2010 labour force participation rate for women rose, but the time women spent on unpaid child care also climbed by a third. Since the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, a number of governments and international development institutions have articulated their pledge toward gender equality goals.
This has been a trend though, during the late 1600s Maria Sisa and a few other women sued their employer for two years of back wages. Ultimately Sisa and others would not win as the judge believed housing was enough in return for hard work (Sloan 2011). In the 1980s, as a result of a neoliberal influence in Latin America women were forced to pick up jobs that were not deemed suitable for them and work for wages less than men because men were losing wages and jobs. Female labor is undervalued and women are considered a burden in the workforce. If they are unskilled they are thrown out and replaced (Wilson 2014).
African American women make 64 cents, and Latina, 54 cents. Depending on the year, that pay may rise a couple of pennies, but not because women wages have increased but because men’s have stagnated or declined.” Seventy-eight cents to a dollar is very discouraging and proves hard work does not pay off. Over the course of my career, I have experienced gender
Can it be stopped? Absolutely. In this intelligently argued and carefully researched book, Getting Even: Why Women Don 't Get Paid Like Men--And What to Do About It, Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D., examines how much women (and their families) lose over a lifetime to the wage gap, knocks down the myth that women ‘choose’ to make less, and documents the widespread discrimination that 's holding down women 's pay.” The book says that most people believe the pay gap is disappearing slowly, but this is not the case. It says that the pay gap should have ended a decade ago. But, for several years in the 1990s the pay gap widened (Murphy, 17).
Lupus is the fourth leading cause in disability for women. 38% of Lupus patient has been forced to stop working due to health complications from this disease. Patients spend roughly about $6,000 in treatments alone. It is unfortunate that this disease has taken a backseat when it comes to research priorities. Hopefully as time goes by, the attention towards gaining investment will increase before more of the population has to go through this disease that makes it unbearable for an individual to live their
Web. 24 Oct. 2016. With the clear gender roles in place it was hard for females to get jobs, espilacy well paying jobs were they weren’t constantly put down. It was even worse for females of color as discrimination ran rampant during the progressive era, with lynchings, police brutality, mobs, and other dangers out in the world females of color were degraded for not only being women but for being of a different ethnicity. “Comparison, black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today.” "Racial, Gender Wage Gaps Persist in U.S. despite Some" N.p., n.d.