Gender pay gap: Realities we never want to face
The cultural conditioning of viewing women as the primary caretaker and men as the primary income earner still remains in the society, and haven’t changed till the present day
Myths hold a certain value in society, whether it’s social, economic or political.
In this world where almost anything and everything is manipulated and exaggerated for personal gains as well as for generating votes, myths surely hold as much value as reality, at least to the general public.
When Hillary Clinton runs for the presidential elections, she included the most taught out and socially accepted myth among her campaigns to attract women’s vote. The gender pay gap, where men take away more money than women, citing that a typical worker women also does the same work type and working hours.
The cultural conditioning of viewing women as the primary caretaker and men as the primary income earner still remains in the society, and haven’t changed till the present day.
While women act the role of a caretaker of the family, she has to invest more time and attention to family and children. Where men take the role of the primary income earner.
The key roles and jobs both genders prefer to suit their personal and professional life starts to make significant changes in the wage gap.
As women deal with pregnancy, ill family members, and domestic responsibilities, they tend to play safely without taking much risk and focus more on careers that cater to a family-work balance.
While men on the other side, who are viewed as the primary workforce in society and in the familial setting, tends to earn more so as to meet the daily expense and domestic bills of the family, mostly by taking more risk in jobs and are focused on earning more by working more.
While most women stay away from challenging job roles to find family-work balance, men take more risk and became career oriented to earn more.
These scenarios make the men more experienced, specialized and job oriented while comparing their female counterparts.
Wage calculation became multi-faceted by taking consideration of these factors, and this real truth is debunked by economists a long time ago, but still this myth remains to be on top, contributing the sexist Per forma it gives.
The late 1960s saw an increase in women’ s share in the labor work force even though they faced legal, social, religious and cultural restrictions while entering.
After the 19th century when most of the work was shifted to office type jobs and wages and work hours are standardized, the idea of gender gap became almost null, at least to some extent in corporate businesses.
The latest reports suggest that women are indeed paid as same as men, but the work time, experience and amount of risk done by men are sometimes more considered to women in the same post which make a pay gap difference. So an argument made for the difference in pay scale cannot be justified alone as sexist.
The wage gap shows a figure of 20% comparing the annual median wage earned by women against men as reported by The American Association of University Women, And the National Organization for Women website states the following:
“For full-time, year-round workers, women are paid on average only 77 percent of what men are paid… Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value.”
The statistics shows a projected 20% wage gap , but it does not take in to note the various factors that make this wage gap in the first place, like choice of career decisions made by women and men, years of experience, and working hours that decide wage.
That is, the statistics maybe made against women working 35 hours a week against men who work 40 hours a week . Wage gap is thus multi-faceted and need more variables and statistical data to prove that any kind of wage gap really exist.