“The Gender Pay Gap measures the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce.” (www.wgea.gov.au )
Currently in Australia the gap is at 20%
The wage gap hurts women, their average pay is generally lower than men’s, and this happens every where, for all levels of education, and age groups.
Lower earning means that women and family remain in poverty.
Although women are now well educated and skilled and have joined the workforce in great numbers, they are still subjected to unregulated, unstable, lower paid jobs.
( And they also work at household tasks, looking after the family, taking care of the kids…)
At the rate it is going at present, it is likely to take 26 years to ‘close the gap’ (www.wgea.gov.au)
That’s a whole generation!
P.S. Gender Wage Gap is not the same as Not Equal Pay: people being paid differently for the same work.
In 1969 Australian women were granted Equal pay
Equal pay means: same work, same pay.
Or: different work of equal or comparable value, same pay.
Other forms of payment should also be taken into consideration:
overtime, bonuses, travel allowances, and so on, which go to make-up